Bryan Sheehan came on as a substitute and scored the penalty that saw Kerry record a four-point victory over Mayo in Castlebar.
The St Mary’s man was successful from the spot in the 63rd minute, after a foul on Darran O’Sullivan, and the Kerry closed out the game with further points from Sheehan and fellow substitute Kieran O’Leary.
The sides were level five times, including at half-time (0-05 each).
Kevin McLoughlin edged Mayo ahead in the second half and substitute Neil Douglas gave them a 0-08 to 0-07 lead. Mayo hit 11 wides and only managed a single point in the first 20 minutes.
The kingdom began with Eoin Brosnan at centre-back, and Colm Cooper also returned from club duty to captain the side. Mayo made two late changes, with the Feeney brothers, Richie and Alan, taking over in defence from Chris Barrett and Trevor Howley.
David Geaney opened the scoring for Kerry after two minutes from out on the right wing. Darran O’Sullivan then added a second after a quick free from Cooper.
The Kerry captain kicked the third and his only point of the day, from a close-in free. The kingdom should have had a goal after fifteen minutes, but Mayo keeper Robert Hennelly blocked David Geaney’s shot.
The move began with Kieran Donaghy linking with O’Sullivan who laid the ball off for Geaney whose shot was saved by Hennelly’s foot.
Mayo opened their scoring account through midfielder Ronan McGarrity, who fired over from the right. The home side began to use the wind advantage and pointed frees from Aidan Campbell and Mark Ronaldson.
O’Sullivan and Donaghy interchanged to set up Geaney for another point ,but Mayo replied with a score from Andy Moran and a well-taken Aidan O’Shea effort.
McGarrity was penalised for over-carrying and Geaney scored the free and the sides went in level at half time.
Kevin McLoughlin raced forward for the lead score, which was cancelled out by Geaney’s fourth score of the game. Aidan Campbell and O’Sullivan swapped points coming up to the midpoint of the half. In the 52nd minute, Neil Douglas put Mayo ahead for the final time.
Shortly afterwards, referee Maurice Deegan blew for a foul by Hennelly on O’Sullivan. Bryan Sheehan scored from the penalty and Kerry were out of reach after the same player and O’Leary added late points.