BUCCANEERS 8 GALWEGIANS 9, Dubarry Park
Scorers: Buccaneers: Try: Danny Riordan; Pen: Alan Gaughan
Galwegians: Pens: Robert O'Beirn 3
In what proved to be a stop-start affair, Galwegians took the early initiative and led 6-0 at half-time.
Their full-back Robert O'Beirn book-ended the half with penalty goals while also missing a third attempt.
The visitors made use of a diagonal wind to pin Buccaneers back in their half but Eamonn Molloy's men lacked the attacking guile to prize open the Buccs defence.
Gaughan was unfortunate when he struck an upright with another penalty attempt, five minutes later.
However, Buccaneers' improved all-round play was rewarded soon after.
Connacht flyer Danny Riordan touched down in the left corner after a well-executed attack that began with a quick tap penalty.
Riordan's try went unconverted and that missed kick came back to haunt Gaughan and Buccs as during a rare second half attack for 'Wegians, Buccs came in at the side of a ruck.
O'Beirn, presented with this late penalty chance, did his bit for his team and coolly bisected the posts from a right-sided position.