An error strewn performance by Ulster was agonisingly punished when they were beaten 13-12 by Stuart Hogg’s conversion to a final minute try from Glasgow replacement James Eddie in the Rabo PRO12 at Ravenhill.
Another losing bonus point was scant consolation for Ulster who had dominated the entire second half, bar for that final minute.
Once all the results from PRO12 Round Two had been completed, Ulster found themselves sitting third from bottom in the table - already eight points behind leaders, Munster.
While there may be 20 rounds of the tournament still to go, Ulster head coach, Mark Anscombe admitted this weekend’s first Irish derby clash of the season against Connacht in Galway was a must win affair.
“You simply cannot go zero (wins) from three in this competition. You are left chasing and forcing things,” said Anscombe.
“Yes it was a bitter pill to take losing in the final minute as we did against Glasgow, but we had only ourselves to blame.
“We should have won that game confidently, but we allowed Glasgow to keep an interest in it by not taking our chances and getting away from the six point margin.
“Connacht is never an easy place to go, and it is no easier for us given the situation we find ourselves in.
“But that is the way it is and there was enough out there against Glasgow to be positive about - we just need to be more clinical and not miss golden opportunities as we did on this occasion.”
Ulster man of the match, Jared Payne, admitted losing in the final minute was tough to take.
“That was a sucker punch at the end. Full credit to Glasgow they held us out and they were good enough to score when they got into our ‘22’,” said the Ulster fullback.
“We were just not good enough when we were in their ‘22’ tonight.
“The chances were there in the second half. We put ourselves in the right position, had plenty of cracks, but just silly mistakes killed us. Full credit to Glasgow they defended their hearts out.”