ASHBOURNE TOOK on Co Carlow hoping to extend their unbeaten home record and did just that - but only just.Carlow, bottom of the league, played with a lot of heart, but although Ashbourne never got the intensity they wanted they scored three tries and nobody will complain about the outcome. Ashbourne started brightly with a Dunne penalty within three minutes, but Carlow responded to tie up the game and missed a chance to go ahead when missing another penalty. Instead it was Ashbourne who jumped out in front in the 11th minute. Following a scrum on the Carlow 10metre line Leo Quinn put Marcus Speck into space. He danced and weaved his way into the 22 where he released supporting hooker Cathal O'Connor to dive over the line for a try, with Casey Dunne converting. But Carlow were level when their winger intercepted a loose pass in the Ashbourne backline to sprint clear to score a converted try, and in the 37th minute Ashbourne had a major setback when the visitors scored a try after the referee missed what Ashbourne saw as a blatant knock-on. Carlow took their 15-10 lead into the break. With rain starting to fall, but Ashbourne did start the second half brightly and in the 46th minute a neat ship from Dunne in the centre, after Quinn moved the ball quickly from a scrum, allowed Saulea Laurentiu to touch down in the right corner. Carlow nudged ahead again in the 57th minute when an opportunist drop goal gave them hope and an 18-15 lead, and although a penalty shot by Dunne in the 75th minute pulled Ashbourne level it looked that the home side might have to settle for a draw. Cometh the hour and cometh the man, as veteran Jeff Mahon came with the winning try. Deep into injury time Ashbourne pressure caused a turnover and the ball was hacked down into the right corner. O'Connor found James Rooney in the line and the pack organised themselves to drive over the Carlow line, with Mahon appearing at the bottom of the pile. ASHBOURNE: Dermot Colreavy, Saulea Laurentiu, Dave Stewart, Casey Dunne, Joe Taylor, Marcus Speck, Leo Quinn, Alan Wall, Cathal O'Connor, Ciaran Roche, Darragh Curran, Jeff Mahon, Mark Rooney, James Rooney, Rory Gleeson. Replacements: Eddie Conaty, Ken Bolster, Adrian Buckley, Eugene Gallagher, Mitchell O'Meara.