Ashbourne loose for a second week
Ashbourne went down to Enniscorthy by 22 points to 5 in a poor display at home on Saturday. It was a game in which they never got going and paid the price with their second defeat in a row. Enniscorthy were well worth their win and will strongly challenge for the league based on this performance. Ashbourne are not this poor but they never got out of the blocks.
There was squad rotation on the day with Jamnes McCaghy Simon Deevy and Alan Wall starting from the bench, but Conor Hurley was back in the second row while Jake Wall started at 8 and Sean McKeon return at 7. Adam Martin also returned at 10, so Ashbourne had a strong side out. But from the opening kick off Enniscorthy put 7 points on the board when they peirced the Ashboirne defence to score under the post. They added an unconverted try 10 minutes later to stretch the lead to 12 nil and though Ashbourne tried hard to move the ball they could not make any headway. The teams playe in the semi-final of the Towns Cup last year and Enniscorthy were well ahead in the scrum. Saturday there was nothing in it with Ashbourne more than holding their own. Norton at 2 was was busy around the field while McKeon and Wall carried well.
The second half gave Ashbourne hope when the turned with the wind at their back but progress was still slow. Enniscorthy were using all their experience to not allow Ashbourne get into the game. And it was the visitors who scored first with a penalty that stretcg the lead to 15 points to nil. McCaghy and Wall were introduced for Norton and Behad and after 15 minutes it was Alan Wall who managed to get over the line for a try which was not converted. The game was their for Ashbourne to pull somethging out of the bag with McCaghy making a difference and Enniscorthy forced to turn in defence.
There was some momentum building but the key event occurred 20 minutes from time when Jake Wall received a red card which seemed harsh. This made the hill very difficult to climb. Simon Deevy came on into backline and he tried to lift the the team with some excellent carries but Enniscorthy stoof firm. A converted try in injury time was the final score of the day and Enniscorthy moved the second place in the league withteh 4 points secured.
Ashbourne 2nd XV were in fine form with a 56 point to 3 over the same opposition to lift them to top spot in their league, while our under 20’s had their first ouiting of the season with a 19 points to 17 win over Clontarf.
Next week Ashbourne 1st XV have no game. The 2nd XV play Garda at Ashbourne on Friday night at 8pm in the Jim Byrne Cup
Patrick Murtagh, Andrew Coade, Jack O’Brien, Dermot Colreavy, Andrew Gibson, Adam Martin, Conor McNally, Ciaran Roche, Danny Norton, Mark Behan, Justin Whittaker, Simon Deevy, Andrew Whittaker.
Alan Wall, James McCaghy, Sean Kent, Simon Deevy, Shane Bass,
Tries: Alan Wall x1