The home team enjoyed plenty of early possession but their attacks contained by a determined opposition defence. Ponty then went on the offensive following a line out steal, a neat break from fly half Simon Humberstone gathering momentum and almost leading to a score in the corner.
Ponty pressure eventually told following a big forward drive as lock Chris Dicomidis claimed a touchdown, the score converted by Humberstone. The contest was a fully competitive one with Llandovery putting in the effort in attack but stopped short by a Ponty back line who also threatened at pace on the counter.
The visitors then spent a long period camped in their opponents’ twenty-two but unable to apply the killer touch. The game was played largely in the middle of the park with both defences cancelling each other out, but Ponty extending their lead into the interval courtesy of a close range Simon Humberstone penalty.
A raft of changes in personnel was made during the break, but the game continuing keenly contested with Ponty going on the attack spearheaded by winger Owen Jenkins, then flanker Ed SIggery. As centre Adam Thomas powered into the home twenty-two, winger Matthew Nuthall was up in support to claim a try, the wide angle conversion to follow from Dai Flanagan.
Ponty were in the ascendancy, but the game them turned on its head and Llandovery relying initially on a huge slice of luck to make a breakthrough. A blatant knock on in midfield was missed by the referee, and the Drovers taking full advantage as Wyn Jones cruised in for a try which outside half Rhys Jones converted.
The home team now picked up their momentum, a sniping foray down the flank rounded off with a score for flanker Chris Marks. The game was being played from end to end, both teams launching attack and counter attack in a free for all period of play. Llandovery capitalised on a concerted period of pressure to send lock Shaun Jones over for a try which Rhys Jones converted.
Ponty responded by throwing everything into their offensive efforts, chasing the winning score as the clock ticked down. Errors were made, and the home defence looking resolute in their duties, but Dai Flanagan hoisting over a late penalty to seal a last gasp win for Pontypridd by 19pts to 20.
15.Geraint Walsh. 14.Owen Jenkins (Harry Davies). 13.Gavin Dacey (Adam Thomas). 12.Tom Pascoe (Gavin Dacey). 11.Owen Williams (Matthew Nuthall). 10.Simon Humberstone (Dai Flanagan). 9.Carl Thomas.
1.Scott Roberts (Chris Phillips). 2.Huw Dowden (Darran Harris). 3.Pat Palmer (Keiron Jenkins). 4.Craig Locke (Jordan Sieniawski). 5.Chris Dicomidis (Dafydd Davies). 6.Jake Thomas (Dan Godfrey). 7.Wayne O’Connor (Rhys Shellard). 8.Dan Godfrey (Ed Siggery).