Tralee CBS had to withstand a tremendous fightback from PS Sliabh Luachra Rathmore in the second half of this cracking semi-final at Fitzgerald Stadium with extra-time required to settle this all-Kerry clash.
But it was the 'Green' who eventually came good with Conor Hayes and Kerry McGrath Cup marksman Sean Quilter getting the crucial scores to earn a meeting with county rivals St Brendan's in the final.
Tralee held a slender 0-4 to 0-3 lead at the 20th minute, thanks to Fergal O'Brien and a superb advanced mark from Conor Hayes, while Rathmore responded with points from substitute Tommy Bowler and James Darmody after a poor Devon Burns kick-out.
O'Brien then blasted the ball to the Rathmore net in the 24th minute to move the Green 1-8 to 0-3 in front, but having played with the aid of a stiff wind.
Rathmore were battling hard and Cathal Ryan (brother of Kerry 'keeper Shane) stopped the rot with a free before rattling the Tralee net in the 29th minute. But the Green struck for 1-1 in injury-time, Cian Purcell bursting through for a goal that saw Tralee CBS lead 2-9 to 1-4 at the interval.
Rathmore resumed a transformed side and with the wind to their backs - they outscored Tralee CBS 0-10 to 0-2 in the second half.
But Tralee dominated the final 15 minutes of the second half of extra-time to secure their place in the February 22 decider.
ScoreRs - Tralee CBS: S Quilter 0-8 (4fs, 1m); F O'Brien 1-4; C Hayes 0-5 (1m); C Purcell 1-0; L Chester, C Myers 0-1 each. PS Sliabh Luachra: C Ryan 1-4 (3f); J Darmody 0-7 (4f, 1m); T Bowler, M McSweeney 0-2 each; I O'Connor (f), D Murphy 0-1 each.
TRALEE CBS - D Burns; N Fitzmaurice, L Chester, R O'Sullivan; E Carroll, A Heinrich, P White; C Horan, J Lenihan: F O'Brien, D Reen, J Kissane; C Purcell, S Quilter, C Hayes. Subs: D Broderick for C Horan (45), D Moriarty for J Kissane (54), L Barrett for R O'Sullivan (59), J Kissane for D Reen (e-t), C Myers for J Kissane (e-t).
PS Sliabh Luachra Rathmore - I O'Connor; M Dennehy, A Dineen, D Cronin; C Dineen, Paul O'Leary, A Moynihan; R Collins, D Murphy; Paudie O'Leary, C Ryan, M McSweeney; J Darmody, A Cronin, D Roche. Subs: T Bowler for a Cronin (inj 10), K Bowler for A Moynihan (e-t), D Gleeson for Paudie O'Leary (e-t), A Moynihan for T Bowler (e-t).
Ref - J Griffin (Glenbeigh/Glencar).