Young child invades the pitch in stoppage time of New Zealand match between Gisborne Thistle and Havelock North Wanderers
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VIDEO: Toddler has to be taken off pitch during cup game in New Zealand

Tot storms field in stoppage time.



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.


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.

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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.