Ashbourne’s Poor Form Continues
Ashbourne travelled to Dundalk for a North East derby game hoping to bounce back from losses in their 2 previous games but went down by 36 points to 24 in a disappointing second half performance. Considering Ashbourne turned 24 points to 10 ahead, plus a 4 try bonus point, the result was not expected by anybody at Mill Road. There is no doubt that Dundalk raised the intensity in the second-half but Ashbourne seemed to be missing something at this point of the season. Nobody is making excuses in the Ashbourne camp but they needed to get going soon.
Ashbourne were dominant in the tight early on and were 5 nil ahead early on after a line and drive with Justin Whittaker touching down. The try was unconverted. But Dundalk were always prepared t move the ball with their 2 overseas players in the centre and follow up with a penalty from their full bock, who was very effective with the boot all game. 3 minutes later in the 17th minute Dundalk broke clear and scored a converted try.
Ashbourne then took over and played in a mode which we have come to expect. They scored 3 unanswered tries. Alan Wall was first up with a try scored by the prop from a driving maul, which Andrew Coade converted. His brother Jake added the third try in the 30th minute with another maul leading to the try. Just before halftime the backs joined in and when the ball was moved wide, Deevy, playing in the centre, broke several tackles to score near the posts. Coade converted and made the score 24 points to 10 at the break.
From an Ashbourne perspective there is little to say. Dundalk won the half by 26 points t nil. 3 converted tries and two penalties were the undoing of Ashbourne who offered little in reply. Changes were made during half but all the momentum was with Dundalk and they won out comfortable in the end and were well deserving of the win.
Next week Ashbourne 1st and 2nd XV entertain Wicklow at 3.00pm and 1.30pm respectively.
Ashbourne 2nd XV also played Dundalk and had a convincing 31 points to 5 point win, to keep them top of their table. They ran in 5 tries with Aaron McLoughlin scoring 2, and Eireann Mulvihill, Matt Connolly and Dermot Colreavy scoring one each. Conor Brennan converted 3 of these and some of these players are pushing hard for consideration on the first team.
Patrick Murtagh, Andrew Coade, Jack O’Brien, Simon Deevy, Andrew Gibson, Adam Martin, Conor McNally, Alan Wall, James McCaghy, Mark Behan, Conor Hurley, Andre Whittaker, Justin Whittaker, Sean McKeon (Capt.), Jake Wall
Subs: Danny Norton, Frank Keegan, Ciaran Roche, Dermot Colreavy, Casey Dunne
Tries: Justin Whittaker, Alan Wall, Jake Wall, Simon Deevy
Conversions: Andrew Coade x 2