A young Aussie Rules football fan's face met an unfortunate fate at a game over the weekend ... the poor kid got drilled by a ball from dozens of yards away, and multiple cameras shot the whole thing!
The incident all went down Sunday in Australia ... when Port Adelaide star Connor Rozee kicked a bullet through the uprights against St. Kilda.
A 5-year-old in the stands was hoisted up by his brother in an attempt to catch the ball as it came crashing down ... but the ball ended up clanking off the little guy's face!!
A young AFL fan's attempt at a screamer behind the goals at Adelaide Oval has ended with a footy to the face, but the five-year-old is earning plenty of praise for his courage. @ollie_haig#9Newspic.twitter.com/x0lVBGp1aw