'Wegians stun Garryowen to stop the rot
It was a mixed weekend for the Connacht sides. Galwegians caused one of the shocks of the day as they defeated play-off chasers Garryowen 30-17 (right) at Crowley Park, ending a run of four league games without a victory.
Galwegians, who started the day third from bottom, needed the win to maintain that position.
Anthony Ryan and Jack Dinneen were among the try-scorers, with out-half Shane O'Leary in fine form.
Buccaneers suffered another agonising defeat, going down by just three points to at leaders St Mary's - the sixth time this season they have lost out by just a single score.
In Division 2A Galway Corinthians grabbed a much-needed 12-3 win at Thomond in their fight to avoid relegation, drawing level with their hosts.
Corinthians now face a home game against Malone on their next outing on March 5.
Sligo were less fortunate in their battle against the drop as they lost 29-5 at Midleton. Basement boys Sligo remain level on points with ninth-placed Dundalk.
With three games left to play and with two of these to be played at home, Sligo will be hopeful of overtaking their nearest rivals and at least achieving a relegation play-off spot in an effort to maintain their AIL status.