Ballinderry went down by four points to Leinster champions St Vincent's in Saturday's All-Ireland Club Football semi-final at Pairc Esler, Newry.
Tomas Quinn top-scored with a tally of 1-8 for the victors.
Quinn and Ciaran Dorney scored goals in the opening 11 minutes and St Vincent's led 2-4 to 0-9 at half-time.
Daniel McKinless grabbed a 48th-minute goal but St Vincent's always kept their noses in front to book a St Patrick's Day final against Castlebar Mitchels.
The Mayo side defeated Dr Crokes of Kerry at O'Moore Park in Saturday's other last four clash.
Derry outfit Ballinderry went into the game aiming to secure their second All-Ireland title, following their first success back in 2002.
The Dublin champions had a dream start with those two early goals but Ballinderry fought back and the Ulster champions only trailed by a point at the interval.
In front of an attendance of 4,331, St Vincent's chose to play against the wind in the first-half and Quinn found the net in the seventh minute when his low shot through a crowded large square creeped inside Michael Conlan's right-hand post.
Quinn then delivered the pass of the match to Ciaran Dorney for Vincents' second goal four minutes later.
His defence-splitting pass completely took defender Kevin McGuckin out of the game and Dorney was able to pick the ball up and smash it into the roof of the net from a narrow angle.
St Vincent's had to withstand a brave recovery from Ballinderry who closed the deficit to just a point, 2-4 to 0-9 at half-time, with Collie Devlin hitting 0-4 from play for the Derry champions.
After a quiet first-half Diarmuid Connolly was superb after the interval hitting 0-3 from play and it looked as though St Vincent's would run out comfortable winners.
For the second time in the game, Ballinderry fought back through a McKinless goal, through a sea of bodies, after 48 minutes.
The closest Ballinderry got, however, was to within two points of Vincent's, who were composed front-runners.
Quinn's frees and points from Connolly and Dornay put them through to their first All-Ireland final since winning the competition in 2008.
Ballinderry: M Conlan; G McKinless, C Nevin, K McGuckin; R Wilson (0-1), D Lawn, R Scott; E Muldoon, J Conway (0-1); C Devlin (0-5, 1f), M McIver, D McGuckin; D McKinless (1-0), R Bell (0-2), C Gilligan (0-2, 1f)
Subs: A Devlin (0-2) for Scott (16), M Harney for McIver (42)
St Vincent's: M Savage; K Bonnie, J Curley, H Gill; C Diamond, B Egan, M Concarr; D Murphy, E Fennell; G Burke (0-1), T Diamond, S Carthy (0-1); D Connolly (0-3), C Dorney (1-1), T Quinn (1-8, 5f, 1 '45')
Subs: K Golden for T Diamond (58), N Mullins for Carthy (60), A Baxter for Dorney (60)
Referee: Marty Duffy (Sligo)