Young child invades the pitch in stoppage time of New Zealand match between Gisborne Thistle and Havelock North Wanderers
(Image: Twitter/Brandon Clarke)

VIDEO: Toddler has to be taken off pitch during cup game in New Zealand

Tot storms field in stoppage time.


1-1 #GTHvHNW #ChathamCup pic.twitter.com/rVNkK6Ogio

— QR Scanner – Brandon Clarke ⚫️🔶 (@kiwibardy) April 25, 2019

A toddler stormed the pitch deep into stoppage time in Thursday’s ISPS Handa Chatham Cup match between Gisborne Thistle and Havelock North Wanderers.

With the score level at 1-1 at the end of normal time, the young child disrupted the first round fixture by wandering onto the field at the aptly named Childers Road.

104' SCENES It's an own goal, no, no it's not… It's come back off the post, and it's still

2-2 #GTHvHNW #ChathamCup pic.twitter.com/PxGckKRjOt

— QR Scanner – Brandon Clarke ⚫️🔶 (@kiwibardy) April 25, 2019

Wanderers were preparing to take a corner when the infant strode into the penalty area to the bemusement of the players.

Fortunately an adult was on hand to remove the errant kid so play could resume.

#Football: Havelock North Wanderers into round two of Chatham Cup after Gisborne Thistle win, via @nzherald https://t.co/kaqdUfwWGd

— Anendra Singh (@AnendraSports) April 25, 2019

A dramatic period of extra time ensued, with Wanderers eventually winning 3-2 to book their place in the second phase of the competition.

The game took place on Anzac Day, a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand commemorating those who died in war.