Derry lost out by five points as Kerry won Sunday's All-Ireland Minor Football Championship semi-final at Croke Park.
The Ulster county trailed by three points at the interval but a goal by Conor Maunsell early in the second period levelled the contest.
However, Kerry quickly responded with a goal scored by man-of-the-match Michael Foley and the Munster champions went on to win by 1-11 to 1-6.
Jack O'Connor's boys will play Kildare or Tipperary in the final.
Kerry, blessed with an exceptional full-forward line, made the stronger start to Sunday's Dublin contest.
Corner-forward Conor Geaney landed the first score with Michael Foley and Andrew Barry adding scores for a three-point advantage.
Kerry were still three ahead at half-time with their big midfielder John Mark Foley landing two points and Geaney converting another free.
Shane McGuigan (2) and Francis Kearney scored for the Ulster county, who trailed 0-6 to 0-3 at the break.
Then came the dramatic start to the second period with Maunsell's high ball going straight into the net to bring Derry level.
However, Kerry hit back with a goal of their own, Geaney setting up Michael Foley for the crucial score.
Derry suffered another setback when key man McGuigan was black-carded for pulling down an opponent.
Michael Foley and Geaney added points as Kerry pulled away to nail down their place in the final.
As if to confirm it was not to be Derry's day, substitute Niall McAtamney had a goal disallowed for pushing.