During yesterday's semi-finals, there was an attacking free hit inside the attacking half, the ball was passed across the field, off the board, and into the circle (without being touched by anyone). A striker trapped the ball cleanly inside the circle, shot, scored and I awarded the goal. The defending team blew up straight away, saying that under the 'new rules' this counts as being played directly into the circle and therefore should have been their free hit. I had never considered it that way, and thought they might have a point. Who is right here?