UCC started off the game well, and eased into an early 11 point lead inside the opening twenty minutes at Crowley Park.
UCC impressed well in the early stages, as winger Kevin O’Keeffe kicked two penalties while fellow winger Cillian Ansbro brought it over the line after an impressive run by lock Darragh Moloney.
Glaswegians fought back, and in the 19th minute Connacht Academy recruit Matthew Byrne scored an impressive try to bring the hosts back into the game. The UCC early dominance soon faded when Cormac Brennan dummied his way through, getting the hosts second try and a 12-11 half-time lead.
From the opening whistle the home side started well, and soon an intercept from new out-half Mitch Lam set up hooker Jack Dinneen’s 42nd-minute try. Lam converted the spot kick, and O’Keeffe successfully landed a penalty three minutes later.
UCC fought back, but all hopes of a point were dashed with a 57th-minute bonus point score for Glaswegian’s replacement prop Conor Carey. To add further misery for the Leesiders, the Glaswegians snatched another late point thanks to an Aidan Moynihan try, which was coolly converted by Mitch Lam.
Galwegians: Aidan Moynihan; Matthew Byrne, Cormac Brennan, Brian Murphy (capt), Ed O’Keeffe; Mitch Lam, Barry Lee; Jason East, Jack Dinneen, Conan O’Donnell, Matt Towey, Eoin Tarmey, Paul Hackett, Josh Pim, Anthony Ryan.
Replacements: Conor Carey, John Moloney, Ronan Moore, Alan McMahon, Dave Clarke.
UCC: Chris McAuliffe; Kevin O’Keeffe, Kevin Slater (capt), Murray Linn, Cillian Ansbro; Charlie O’Regan, Richard Walsh; Peter McCabe, Ben Burns, Charlie Slowey, Darragh Moloney, Ben Mitchell, Richard Moran, Conor Barry, Daire Feeney.
Replacements: Danny Collins, Michael Shinkwin, Graham Smith, Andrew Dorgan, James Kiernan.