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Jamaican Joy For Mariappa

12 July 2015

Adrian Mariappa's Jamaica side booked their place in the final eight of the CONCACAF Gold Cup after beating Canada 1-0 in Houston on Saturday night.

Former Leeds United midfielder Rodolph Austin popped up in injury time to score the game's decisive goal and ensure that the Reggae Boyz will take their place in the quarter-final of the biennial competition.

Despite the late winner, Jamaica had threatened all game and Mariappa himself had two great chances to open the scoring, but they eventually found the breakthrough ahead of their final group game against El Salvador on Tuesday night as they look to top the group.

And with the group stages successful navigated, Mariappa admits that there is plenty of belief in the camp to try and clinch the country's first Gold Cup.

The Eagles defender told the Jamaican Gleaner: "It has never taken a win to energise us, to get us going for games. We're a very motivated group, and we believe in each other, and that's what's motivating us going forward because we know that we can achieve things.

"This tournament is something we're all very focused about, achieving what we think we can. So going into the next game we definitely want to get another positive result.

"I never ever fault the effort that everyone puts in, everyone puts in 100 per cent. I think the performance spoke for itself - we had 21 shots, 11 on target; they had four, and that speaks volumes.

"From an attacking point of view, we always looked a threat. Some games, as a full-back, you can get pegged back quite a lot. Today, I was able to get up the pitch quite a lot. I could've had a hat-trick myself! I was disappointed with the two headers I had. I expected to score those chances.

"We were all up for this game, and now we've a lot of confidence going forward to the El Salvador game."

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