A try by Stephen Ireland within 90 seconds of the kick-off and two more touchdowns late in the game were not enough to save Cardiff as former Blue & Blacks’ junior Lee Thomas contributed 23 points for the visitors.Pontypridd deserved their victory, finishing with four tries of their own.
After Thomas had put them 12-7 ahead with four penalty goals in four attempts he then converted a fine try by fellow Wales under-21 cap Matthew Nuthall. That came from turnover ball that was to haunt Cardiff throughout a scrappy game.Nick Macleod had converted ireland’s opening score and when he added a penalty goal shortly after the interval Cardiff were still in touch at 10-19.
But Ponty soon pulled away. Carl Thomas scored a try fom another turnover, Lloyd Warner claimed another and at the very end man-of-the-match Lee Thomas caught his own kick ahead to score. He efortlessly added his third conversion of the match from the touchline.Tries by Dan McShane and Wayne Murphy were little more than consolation scores for Cardiff.
Ironically both scores went unconverted