Sportsmanship storm erupts over 'classless' W-League goal

W-League star Ellie Carpenter has sparked a sportsmanship storm after scoring a goal while the opposing goalkeeper was down injured.

The Canberra United player scored into an open goal after Western Sydney Wanders keeper Jade Whyman fell to the pitch with a knee complaint.

Whyman had left her box to make a clearance but suffered an injury in the process of kicking the ball away.

She went down immediately and players around her stopped as the ball bounced towards the sideline – but Carpenter had sprinted to save it.

The 18-year-old ran further into Western Sydney’s half and lofted the ball over the defence and into the open goal.

Ellie Carpenter scored while the opposing goalkeeper was down injured. Pic: SBS

Carpenter barely celebrated the goal and was seen waving away complaints as the referee checked on Whyman.

The goalkeeper shook off the injury to complete the match.

Football fans immediately began debating the controversial goal, with opinions divided:

Carpenter’s strike was the first of the match.

The Wanderers equalised through Leena Khamis 13 minutes later but fell behind again with an own goal in the 85th minute.

However, Western Sydney struck back soon after as Kylie Ledbrook secured the team’s first point of the season.