A HEROIC defence by the green and white shirts of Tullow Community School as they camped on their own try line could just not hang on long enough to force extra time. Some quietly argued afterwards that the referee had accidentally blocked the last Tullow tackler on the line but faith was with Ashbourne and they were the teamcrowned Leinster champions.
The Carlow side couldn't get to grips with the wind in the first half and would have been happy to only be 50 down at half time. The Ashbourne try was made by out half Scott Crowley before pink haired Jack O'brien went over for the score.
Thirty seconds into the second half though, Tullow kicked off and somehow Colin Byrne found himself in possession on the 22 surrounded by Ashbourne defenders.
In a move that defied most laws of science he bobbed and weaved through the mound of players before making a sprint for the line, and there was no stopping him, the conversion was difficult and drifted wide.
Tullow took the lead when Oisin Teehan forced the ball over the line after clever work by Kieran Cooper and Fionn Murphy kicked the conversion.
Ashbourne equalised in the 18th minute with a converted try having intercepted a Tullow pass and despite Tullow's efforts to move down the field they failed to exploit the wings and ultimately it cost them.
After over ten phases Ashbourne were in possession on the Tullow try line. Normal time was up and the crowd were braced for added time.
Eventually Jack O'brien broke the line and the whistle blew on Mr. Smith's charges.
Tullow: Jamie Ansboro, Kyle Shiel, Cathal Bailey, Colin Byrne, Gary Mcnabb, Kieran Cooper, Ryan O'neill, Oisin Teehan, David O'toole, Jamie Doyle, Conor Orbinsky, Martin Cole, Fionn Murphy, James O'brien, Adam Broughan, Rhaidhri Coleman, Bernard Nolan, Andrew Brennan, Jeremy Berry, Dan O'connor, Josh Curran, Alan Joyce.