The referee was forced to pause Wellington Phoenix’s 3-2 win over Central Coast Mariners when a pitch invader emerged from the stands, got ahold of the ball and was able to take a wild strike at goal.
The A-League game between the two Australian sides at Westpac Stadium on Saturday was interrupted when a fan without a shirt managed to make it onto the pitch.
46' Wellington 0-2 Mariners
64' Wellington 3-2 Mariners
— A-League (@ALeague) January 12, 2019
There were cheers from the crowd as the man got the ball under control and dribbled down the wing unopposed before aiming his shot.
Eventually, a couple of stewards arrive on the scene.
— Rudi (@RudiEdsall) January 12, 2019
With one rather more keen than the other, they’re taken on a quick chase before confronting their target when he appears to give himself up.
A thrilling contest saw Wellington come back from two goals down after the visitors were reduced to ten men in the 46th minute.