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Mariappa's Jamaica Gain Draw In Opener

9 July 2015

Adrian Mariappa helped Jamaica to a promising start to their Gold Cup campaign as they held Costa Rica to a 2-2 draw in their opening group game in Los Angeles.

The Eagles defender played the full 90 minutes in what was his fourth international outing during the close season, and the result was heralded as a positive one for the Reggae Boyz as they matched the highest-ranked nation in the finals.

Reading winger Gareth McCleary opened the scoring in the 13th minute when he scored a deflected effort before Roy Miller equalised for last summer's World Cup quarter-finalists, who then took the lead in the 37th minute through David Ramirez.

However three minutes after the restart Jobi McAnuff tied things up again when the Leyton Orient man finished off a neat individual effort to ensure his nation gained a share of the spoils.

With El Salvador and Canada playing out a goalless draw in the group's other game, Mariappa and co will know that a win against the Canadians on Saturday would see them with one foot in the quarter-finals, before rounding off their group fixtures next Tuesday.

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