Coastal Premier League opener abandoned
ROUND one of the Coastal Premier League clash between Northern Storm's and Taree Wildcats ended in controversial fashion on Saturday, with the match being abandoned.
Storm hosted the southernmost club in the opening round of the inaugural competition at Korora, starting well and bagging two first half goals before Taree struck back with a late penalty just before the break.
Storm had a string of chances early in the second half but couldn't find the target as the Wildcats grew in confidence at the attacking end.
Taree's James Goldsmith went down in a challenge right before the hour mark, dislocating his knee and bringing the fixture to a halt as paramedics were called to the scene.
Without the luxury of lights at their home ground, officials were left with a decision to continue, or to call the game a draw and made the choice to abandon the draw at 2-1.
Check out a gallery of the action before the game came to an unfortunate end at Korora on Saturday.
The Coastal Premier League later issued a statement explaining the situation and why the match remained a 2 - 1 win for the Storm.
"With light fading and sunset due at 5.00 pm, the match official (referee) concluded the match on the grounds of player safety," they said.
"Under the rules of the competition, this is a "time completed fixture" (Rule E29), where the referee ends the match at the scheduled finishing time despite play having been halted for some of the scheduled match time due to a seriously injured player being treated/removed from the field by ambulance officers at some time after the injury.
"With the decision to conclude the match at the 57 minute mark, the Northern Storm was declared the winner.
"The rule states 'Any fixture abandoned or stopped during the second half (i.e. at any time after the blowing of the whistle by the Referee to commence the second half) shall be deemed to have reached its natural conclusion and will NOT be re-scheduled.
'The score at the time of the abandonment / stoppage will be taken as the final Match score and Match result'."
NOTE: This story was updated to include the statement from the Coastal Premier League.