Ireland goalkeeper escapes punishment in Rio 2016 clash

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Ireland goalkeeper Brian McGillivary somehow escaped punishment after clashing with Great Britain's Martin Hickman as things got a little heated in the 7-a-side football at the Paralympic Games. 

With Britain 4-0 up and out of sight against their local rivals, defender Hickman ran through clear on goal but was unable to reach a pass that was rolling off the pitch, before he was clattered by the goalkeeper in a seemingly unnecessary collision.

In the clip further down this article, you can judge the clash for yourself and see if you think Britain deserved a penalty, which could have made the result even more embarrassing for Ireland.


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As the game was already wrapped up, Hickman will hopefully see the funny side, even if he may be feeling a bit sore this morning.

The game ended 5-1 to Great Britain with goals from Jack Rutter, Michael Barker, James Blackwell, Sean Highdale, and an own-goal from Luke Evans, cancelling out Ireland's only goal from Conor Tuite.  

Great Britain are in action later today when they play Argentina in the Men's 5-6 place match.

The tournament in Brazil is split into different classifications to ensure a fair game, and Paralympic footballers who play in these classes (labelled from 5-8) usually have difficulties when moving, and they also struggle to control and co-ordinate their upper limbs, especially when running.

After finishing third in their pool, where they played Ukraine and Brazil as well as Ireland, Great Britain will be hoping to win against the South American's and finish fifth overall.  

Although they won't be able to finish with a medal, the British 7-a-side team can be proud of their achievements at the Games in Rio this summer. 

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