The win secured a meeting with Coolderry in next week’s Leinster Club Championship quarter-final and manager Mattie Kenny highlighted the importance of goals in securing the 10 point victory.
“The first-half was very competitive and the early goal gave us a bit of breathing space but St Jude’s are a very solid team and they kept on coming at us.
“There was only a puck of a ball between the sides at half-time and although we won by 10 points in the end, the scoreboard didn’t really reflect how close Jude’s were to us.
“Goals win matches and we got the goals at the vital stages,” said Kenny.
In an expectedly tight opening, it was St Jude’s that settled the better thanks to frees by Wayne Hutchinson and Fionn Ó Riain Broin, with Cuala drawing level by the ninth minute following points by Sean Treacy and David Treacy.
A superb Paul Maguire point inched Jude’s in front two minutes later but, after surviving two near misses, their defence was eventually breached in the 19th minute as Sean Treacy improvised a clever finish following strong approach play by Mark Schutte.
David Treacy added a brace of points to push Cuala five points clear but successive scores from Joey McManus and Ronan Joyce trimmed the Jude’s deficit to 1-7 to 0-7 by half-time.
Further scores by Danny Sutcliffe and Jesse Kennedy within the first two minutes of the second-half added further momentum to the St Jude’s challenge but their comeback stalled as the tireless Colm Cronin gained reward for his efforts with a well-taken goal from Schutte’s pass.
The contest was effectively settled in the 48th minute as Cronin fed Sean Treacy for a facile finish and with Joey McManus’ dismissal a minute later sealing St Judes’ fate, Cuala eased home thanks to three second-half points by Kerry native Darragh O’Connell.
S Treacy 2-1, D Treacy 0-7 (0-5f, 0-1 ‘65’, 0-1 sideline), C Cronin 1-2, D O’Connell 0- 3, M Schutte 0-1.
F Ó Riain Broin (3f), D Sutcliffe 0-3 each, W Hutchinson (f), R Hardy, P Maguire, J Kennedy, R Joyce, J McManus, T Devlin 0-1 each.
S Brennan; R Tierney, C O’Callaghan, S Timlin; S Stapleton, O Gough, S Moran; J Malone, D O’Connell; C Waldron, C Cronin, N Kenny; D Treacy, M Schutte, S Treacy.
C Sheanon for Kenny (44), B Connolly for Waldron (53), B Browne for Timlin (60).
M Hartnett; E McLoughlin, G McManus, C Mangan; C Ó Riain Broin, W Hutchinson, R Hardy; N Mangan, P Maguire; R Joyce, D Sutcliffe, J Kennedy; J McManus, T Devlin, F Ó Riain Broin.
A O’Beirne for C Ó Riain Broin (36), J Ryan for N Mangan (43), S Larkin for Devlin (47), A McGovern for F Ó Riain Broin (57).
Anton Keating (Setanta)