Ashbourne had a first round home game against fellow Division 1A side Wicklow in the 2nds Provincial Towns Cup and both team served a typical provincial cup game with nothing been left on the pitch.
Ashbourne would have a better league record than the visitors but Wicklow came with the intention of making the second round. Played in cold but dry afternoon it was Ashbourne who took the lead early on with Kelan Toolan slotted his first penalty of the day, But Wicklow responded with an unconverted try in the right corner – game on.
Ashbourne field a strong side with Keegan and Alan Wall in the front row with Shane Boland and Andy Whittaker at 8, but Wicklow played and tackled with intent. The home side lost Tormey early on through injury and was replaced by one of the 20’s, Ben Mahon. Ashbourne had to depend on the boot of Toolan to give the home side the lead with two further penalties before O’Brien got in for a Toolan converted try to stretch the lead to 16 to 5. Wicklow converted a penalty of there own to keep within touching distance.Ashbourne kept the pressure on and deep into injury time Shane McNulty got in for try in the corner, but Toolan was not able to convert. Ashbourne 21 points to 8 at the break.
In the second half Wicklow applied a lot of pressure but Ashbourne were up for it Adam Carberry was carrying well and Sutton at 9 was keeping the tempo with a good relationship with Toolan at 10. But there was little headway made by either sides where defence was taking centre stage. In the 25th minute Wicklow broke the second half deadlock with an uncovered try after intense pressure and Ashbourne had to steady themselves. This came in the form of a well taken Toolan penalty to restore the margin to 24 points to 13 with 10 minutes left.
The final try went to Ashbourne deep in injury time when man of the match Adam Carberry broke through the cover to score an uncovered try. Lorcan O’Reilly at open side had an outsanding game as well Ashbourne now face Birr in the next round at the end of the month.
Shane Bass, Aaron McLoughlin, Jack O’Brien, Conor Creaby, Andrew Tormey, Kelan Toolan, Ciaran Sutton, Alan Wall, Shane Bass, Frank Keegan, Shane McNulty, Eugene Gallagher, Adam Carberry, Lorcan O’Reilly, Andrew Whittaker
Brian Grieve, Jake Wall, Peter Anderson, Ben Mahon, Connor Brennan, Stephen Murray