ASHBOURNE picked up their first league victory at the fifth attempt as they accounted for Longford in this tough Division 1B clash at Milltown House on Sunday.Having drawn their only previous home game, it was satisfying for the south Meath club to maintain their unbeaten home record, although much hard work remains to be done to secure their place at this level. Longford had a penalty attempt within two minutes and started the brighter, but although still missing a few players, Darragh Curran was back in the Ashbourne side for his first league game and gave them a new option in the lineout. With Mahon absent, Mark Rooney and captain Rory Gleeson led the way with some big hits and good all-round play, while the scrum was solid but under pressure from a big Longford pack. Longford again had a chance in the 25th minute, but their kicker was at his range limit and his effort dropped short. Within two minutes Ashbourne were on the scoreboard. From a line out on the 10-metre line on the left, Cathal O'Connor found Curran whose slap back was collected by Leo Quinn. His pass found Marcus Speck who brought winger Saulea Laurentiu into the line. When he was tackled the ball was recycled and Quinn again found Speck, and although his chip deep into the Longford 22 was collected by their full back he was closed down by O'Meara and tackled. Dermot Colreavy and Casey Dunne, supported by the pack, won the ball back and Dunne appeared from the pile, breaking right to offload to Curran who drove over the line for a try. Dunne was off target with the conversion. Longford struck back with two penalties in the run-up to halftime to take a 6-5 lead into the break, but Ashbourne were playing well and the discipline and shape of the side was better than previous weeks. When the teams reappeared Ashbourne had introduced Ken Bolster for Ciaran Roche and from the restart and ensuing breakdown the home side were awarded a penalty which Dunne slotted to nudge his side ahead, a lead that they did not lose. Fifteen minutes later Dunne repeated the action with another three points and was unlucky shortly after when another penalty kick came back from the crossbar. Ashbourne were playing controlled rugby and though they probed the Longford defences they were happy to gain territory and take their opportunities through Dunne as they arrived. Two more penalties in the 72nd and 77th minutes secured the victory, and although Longford exerted great pressure for the last five minutes to try to secure a losing bonus point Ashbourne defended bravely and held out. Next Sunday Ashbourne are at Clondalkin, with the 2nds kicking off at 1pm and the 1sts at 2.30. -Ashbourne 2nds took on Longford in the curtain-raiser and racked up a 50-8 victory, with tries from Pauric Boyle, Sean Kent (2), Dan Norton, Shane Keogh (2) and Conor Brennan. -Elsewhere, Malahide's 15-0 victory at New Ross saw them take a firm grip of second place in Division 2A, but Swords remain rooted to the bottom of 2B after a 33-0 home defeat by Guinness.