ASHBOURNE'S first game at home in this season's Division 1B league resulted in a come from behind draw.On a lovely day, the home side took the field with Behan, Gleeson, Kilgallon and Speck all missing, while Mahon returned at 8, Mark Rooney was in at blindside, Ciaran Boylan at loose head and Randle at 9. But in fairness the south Meath outfit were up and running quickly and playing well, even though they were not helped when centre Stewart had to be replaced through injury after only eight minutes. Mark Rooney moved to the centre and namesake James came into the pack. The backs moved the ball well and the lineout was secure, while in the scrum the home side were gradually finding itself under pressure against a bigger visiting pack. Dunne was showing up well and Quinn was running a good show at 10, but in the 30th minute Wicklow got the breakthrough. From a lineout the ball was played to their centre who broke the defensive line and offloaded to his centre partner to score under the posts. The try was converted and that kick was followed in the 35th minute by a Wicklow penalty to stretch the lead to 10-0. Kilgallon came on in the pack, with Mahon going into the front row, but Wicklow missed a chance to stretch the lead with another kick on the stroke of half-time. The visitors strayed offside straight from the restart and Dunne notched up his first three points, but Wicklow responded in kind shortly after to leave the score at 13-3. The game settled into a pattern of sustained Ashbourne pressure, without reward. The turning point came when one of the Wicklow centres made a high tackle and was promptly sent to the bin, with Dunne converting the resulting penalty. Ashbourne raised their game, and from a lineout on the Wicklow 22, the ball was won by James Rooney and put through the backline. When the ruck formed on the five-metre line, Mark Rooney gathered and drove through the centre of the ruck to score the try. Crucially, Dunne nailed the conversion from the touchline to tie the scores. James Rooney was binned near the end, also for a high tackle, but the 14 men held on and Ashbourne now turn their attentions to next Sunday's match at Tullow - kick-off 3pm. ASHBOURNE: Dermot Colreavy; Saulea Laurentiu, Dave Stewart, Joe Taylor, Casey Dunne; Leo Quinn, Collie Randle; Ciaran Boylan, Cathal O'Connor, Ciaran Roche; Eugene Gallagher, Adrian Buckley; Mark Rooney, Ken Bolster, Jeff Mahon. Replacements: Dan Norton, Alan Wall, James Rooney, Oisin Kilgallon, Eddie Conaty.