Centre Ross Barbour was the hero for Enniscorthy as his try seven minutes from full time gave Enniscorthy victory over Ashbourne in an exciting Provincial Towns Plate Final in Naas RFC on Wednesday night…

Enniscorthy lead 14-12 at half time with a pair of tries from impressive full back Richard Dunne and centre Shane O’Sullivan that out half Ivan Poole converted while fly half Paul Morris kicked a quartet of penalty goals for Ashbourne.

The lead changed hands three times in the second half before Barbour sprinted clear down the left wing to dot down for the decisive score.

Ashbourne scrum half Gavin Kennedy had nudged his side ahead with a drop goal shortly after the resumption before Poole and Morris exchanged penalty goals to leave the county Meath club leading going into the final quarter.

For long periods of the second half it looked as if Ashbourne were going to prevail but the Slaneysiders were given that late boost and they controlled affairs to the final whistle to add the Towns Plate to their promotion to the Leinster league Division 1A achieved earlier in the season.

ENNISCORTHY: 15 Richard Dunne, 14 David Shore, 13 Ross Barbour, 12 Shane O’Sullivan, 11 Hugh O’Neill, 10 Ivan Poole, 9 Ian Hemmingway CAPTAIN, 1 Paddy Walters, 2 Luke Goff, 3 Ciaran Murphy, 4 John Leech, 5 Brendan Kelly, 6 Bernard White, 7 Damien McCabe, 8 Declan O’Brien

REPLACEMENTS: 16 John Murphy, 17 James Ruth, 18 Terry Kavanagh, 19 Ronnie White, 20 Gavin Murphy

ASHBOURNE: 15 Saulea Laurentiu, 14 Mitchell O’Meara, 13 Dermot Colreavy, 12 Alan Gallagher, 11 Stephen O’Neill, 10 Paul Morris, 9 Gavin Kennedy, 1 Alan Wall, 2 John Gavin CAPTAIN, 3 Frank Keegan, 4 Ciaran Roche, 5 Eugene Gallagher, 6 James Rooney, 7 Mark Rooney, 8 Jeff Mahon

REPLACEMENTS: 16 Ciaran Boylan, 17 Mark Behan, 18 Ian Smith, 19 Kenneth Bolster, 20 Kelan Toolan

REFEREE: Robbie O’Flynn (Leinster Rugby Referees)