ASHBOURNE upset Division 4 visitors Monstown on a very cold Friday night in Milltown.
Flying high in second place in both 1st and 2nd leagues, the visiting teams both left with a losing bonus point from their Friday night out in Meath! In the fourth minute Monkstown were awarded a line out deep in the Ashbourne half. As he regularly does James Rooney won the visitors ball, with Buckley and Mahon lifting and subsequently bringing him to the ground, the pack mauled forward.
With Conaty in the middle of the drive Quinn picked at the base and launched a high ball over the Ashbourne 10 metre line. Under pressure from Stewart the Monkstown player misfielded and Stewart hacked on. The centre chased the ball down and won the footrace to recover the ball on the visitors 22 and put in supporting winger Joe Taylor for a great try, which Casey Dunne converted. Monkstown came back strongly and popped a penalty over two minutes later when Ashbourne went offside at a line out and their 10 converted the penalty from the 10 metre line.
Ashbourne had to wait till the 17th minute for their next clear scoring chance when Dunne was unlucky with a penalty, but a minute later Ashbourne crossed for their second try. From the Monkstown drop out they went deep and Speck, playing at fullback, fielded at the Ashbourne 10 metre line. He advanced quickly and chipped the oncoming cover and gathered the ball in the Monkstown half. As he was being tackled he released Dave Stewart, who outpaced the Monkstown would be tacklers to score in the left corner. Dunne went close with the difficult conversion but Ashbourne led 12-3. Though taken aback, Monkstown are a good side and gathered themselves.
Ashbourne were very strong in the line out, and the in the scrum both sides were holding their own. But what the visitors had was a deadly place kicker, McAllister, who previously was with Leinster and Terenure. Give him a chance and he will score and he made no mistake in the 24th minute and slotted three points. Casey Dunne for Ashbourne has also been kicking well and he returned the compliment with his own strike in the 29th minute. Monkstown's indiscipline continued and the were penalised again at the scrum in the 32nd minute when Dunne stretched the score to 18 points to 6.
This was to be Ashbournes last score of the game so it was backs to wall and hard work for the rest of the game. Monkstown struck again with three points in the 35th minute and Dunne had another shot from halfway deep into injury time but was just short. Next week Ashbourne are away at Wicklow at 2.00pm.
The seconds kick off at the same location at 12.30pm ASHBOURNE: Marcus Speck, Dermot Colreavy, Dave Stewart, Casey Dunne, Joe Taylor, Leo Quinn, Eddie Conaty, Alan Wall, Cathal O'Connor, Ciaran Roche, Darragh Curran, Adrian Buckley, Mark Rooney, James Rooney, Jeff Mahon (capt). Subs: Ciaran Boylan, Ken Bolster, Eugene Gallagher, Pauric Boyle, Mitchell O'Meara, Saulea Laurentiu, - Ashbourne 2nd XV took on Monkstown at the same time as the first XV were playing and continued with their fine form with a cracking win by 22 points to 20 and also maintaining their undefeated home record.