Killarney Legion got the better of an out sorts Kerins O'Rahilly's side by a point, 1-11 to 0-13, despite James O'Donoghue being well marked by Cormac Coffey in the Kerry SFC.
David Moran and Tommy Walsh struggled for form and it was left to Jack Savage to get the bulk of their scores. It was Donal Lyne's first half goal that proved vital for the Legion to progress to the last eight.
The Kerry SFC quarter-finals is as follows: St Brendan's v Killarney Legion; East Kerry v St Kieran's; Kenmare Shamrocks v Mid-Kerry; Dr Crokes v Templenoe.
Ballina Stephenites remain on track for their first Mayo SFC title in 13 years following their narrow 1-10 to 0-12 win over neighbours Knockmore to top the group after the conclusion of the round-robin phase.
A late point from Mikey Murray ensured Ballina go through as group winners.
Defending champions Ballintubber also advanced as group winners after a 1-16 to 0-5 victory over Davitts.
Aghamore beat Bohola-Moy Davitts 1-13 to 1-9 to progress as runners-up.
A noticeable absentee in the last-eight will be Castlebar Mitchels, who lost 0-15 to 0-8 to a young Westport side inspired by inter-county star Lee Keegan.
Killian Kilkelly helped himself to six points, three of them from play. Colm Moran and Mark Moran contributed three points apiece.
They go through as group winners with Breaffy also qualifying after a one-point win over Charlestown (0-20 to 2-13).
Despite losing 3-12 to 1-11 to Ballaghaderreen, The Neale made the cut in their first attempt at senior level on score difference, with Belmullet missing out.
In the Cavan SFC a converted free in the 63rd minute by inter-county goalkeeper Raymond Galligan ensured a share of the spoils (2-7 to 0-13) for Lacken, which dumped out opponents Killygarry from this year's competition.
Mullahoran sealed the eighth and final place in the quarter-finals despite going down (0-14 to 1-17) to the already-qualified Lavey, while Crosserlough overcame an equally fancied Ramor United side (3-12 to 3-10) by notching the final five scores of the match.
Cavan Gaels enjoyed a comfortable 2-14 to 0-13 victory over Laragh, with a 28th-minute Seánie Johnston goal helping them on their way to victory.
Kingscourt Stars made sure of topping the table by defeating fellow parishioners Shercock (3-12 to 0-12), with goals by Darragh Gunne and Philip Tinnelly pivotal.
In the only other final-round match played yesterday, Gowna's 2-11 wasn't enough to trump Castlerahan's 1-14 after a frenetic and enjoyable affair.
The quarter-final draw will see Kingscourt face Mullahoran, Crosserlough play Gowna, Castlerahan take on Lavey, and Ramor United play Cavan Gaels.