REFEREE SENDS OFF KEYS BACKS COACH.
Keys backs coach David Manley - a former Pontypridd wing - was sent off by referee Nigel Whitehouse as the Gwent club gained their first league win at Sardis Road in seven attempts.
Whitehouse, a Bonymaen-based police officer who has refereed 19 internationals, said last night: "I think that's the first time I've done this in 17 years as a referee.
"David shook hands with me at the end and apologised."
Whitehouse told Manley in the 60th minute to leave the technical area near the dug-out and go into the stand.
Whitehouse said: "I will not tolerate coaches shouting at the referee or touch judges. I had warned him earlier in the game.
"I know it's heat-of-the-moment stuff, but I won't allow it."
Keys forwards coach Greg Woods said Manley and director of rugby Robert Beale left straight after the match because of "social commitments."
Woods, former Cardiff and Keys hooker, added: "This win was terrific when you think we lost at home to Bedwas 25-26 in our previous match.
"We had seven players injured or unavailable, so to win at Ponty was magnificent.
"We dominated the contact area and didn't allow them to settle."
Ponty head coach and former captain Paul John said: "Keys thoroughly deserved to win.
"And they did it despite being down to 14 for 20 minutes as a result of having two men sin-binned."
Keys, 12-3 up at half-time, finished with three tries to nil and nearly scored a fourth for a bonus point.
And while Keys prop Nathan Buck was in the sin-bin, centre Gareth Chapman scored a sparkling try for full-back Leon Andrews to convert from wide out and put Keys ahead for the first time 7-3.
Keys lock Mark Curtis was yellow-carded just before the interval, but Ponty did not cash in.
But while home lock Grant Harrington was sin-binned, hooker Lloyd Burns scored Keys third try.
Their second, just before Curtis got his card, saw wing Marcus Johnstone cap superb handling with a try.
Pontypridd: Pens - N Burnett (2).
Cross Keys: Tries - G Chapman, M Johnstone, L Burns; Cons - L Andrews (2); Pen - Andrews.