The trip to Kildare proved a bridge too far for Ashbourne when they lost out 5-36 to Enniscorthy in the last four of the Provincial Towns' Cup today.
Peter O'Donnell's side have not lost many games this season but this was clash at the home of Cill Dara RFC started badly for them and continued to deteriorate as the afternoon wore on.
Demolished in the scrums Ashbourne were unable to build a platform on which to launch meaningful attacks while Enniscorthy made their most of quick ball and pacy backs to run in for four tries two from Ivan Jacob and one each from Paddy Waters and David O'Dwyer.
Enniscorthy, who led 14-0 at the break, were also awarded a penalty try just before the the interval. Ivan Poole also added two conversions and a penalty for the winners with Killian Lett adding the final conversion.
Ashbourne's only score came just before the end with Brendan Meehan powering over after the Meath side put a large number of phases together. Otherwise there were precious few hightlights for the team in black and amber.