The controversial goal that cost Swans victory

Adrian Warren

Uncertainty and controversy has surrounded a Billy Hartung goal after North Melbourne closed out a wafer-thin two point AFL win over Sydney at the SCG.

In what's sure to be one of the major talking points of the round, Hartung's snap late in the first quarter was ruled a goal.

Swans veteran Jarrad McVeigh was adamant he had got something on the ball and replays suggested it may possibly have glanced his fingers.

Each goal is supposed to be reviewed before the next centre bounce, though there was a suggestion on Saturday night that may not have happened before play resumed.

Sydney coach John Longmire was uncertain about the incident but seemingly philosophical about the outcome.

McVeigh claims he got a touch on this contentious Hartung goal. Pic: Getty/Fox Sports

'Someone told me he (McVeigh) touched it, is that right or not?'' Longmire said at his post-match press conference.

"If he touched it, he touched it and that's what the review is for, I would have thought, but anyway."

His North Melbourne counterpart Brad Scott said he would have been staggered if the goal hadnt been reviewed before the centre bounce as that was the standard procedure.

"I was about 250 metres away, I didn't see it and I didn't look at the review," Scott said.

"I can't control it, so we just move onto the next thing that we're looking at.

"We don't get caught up looking at replays and becoming third and fourth umpires."

With the incident occurring so early in the game and with both sides missing a number of good scoring chances, especially in the second half, it's debatable how much impact the decision really had.

But the narrow final margin meant it inevitably became a topic for discussion.