Reigning champions Kerry overcame their arch rivals Cork to qualify for next Saturday's McGrath Cup final, in which Clare will provide the opposition.
The Kingdom had strong individual displays from centre back Tomas O Se and centre-forward Darran O'Sullivan as they came from behind for a 2-11 to 1-11 win in Killarney.
Fiachra Lynch converted a disputed penalty for the Rebels, who again fielded an experimental team. That was the difference between the sides at half-time - 1-8 to 0-8.
But a Donnacha Walsh goal and a second from David Moran, direct from a penalty, saw Kerry edged ahead and ultimately take the spoils.
Meanwhile, Clare scored their third win in this early season competition, beating Waterford on a 1-10 to 0-10 scoreline at Ardmore.
The Banner men, who trailed by 0-6 to 0-5 at half-time, got a crucial goal early in the second half from newcomer David O'Connor.