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Silver medal for Royals duo in Gold Cup

27 July 2015

History-making Jamaica beaten in final

There was the heartbreak of defeat in the Gold Cup final for Garath McCleary and Michael Hector, but they should still be exceptionally proud of their record-breaking run as the first Caribbean side ever to reach the final.

Mexico ran out 3-1 winners on the night, and of course our players were left disappointed beyond belief in Philadelphia. But in the fullness of time that heartbreak will turn to pride.

Both Garath and Michael started the game, and Garath played an hour before being withdrawn just before it went to 3-0. The scoreline was perhaps slightly harsh on the Reggae Boyz, who started well and more than deserved Mattocks' consolation goal.

Reflecting overall, the entire summer has been hugely positive for our duo, who have faced the likes of Messi & Cavani in the Gold Cup, before making history in the Gold Cup.

On the night a super Guardado volley opened the scoring for the south Americans, and then a second soon after half time made life very difficult, Corona coming out on top of a Hector challenge before scoring, and then Peralta making it three after Jamaica's number 3 saw the ball run uncharacteristically under his foot. A mention must also go to Jobi McAnuff and Adrian Mariappa, both former Royals helping Jamaica to an historic summer.

And the entire international summer has been very worthwhile for our club - Chris Gunter & Hal Robson-Kanu have put Wales on their way to Euro qualification, Oliver Norwood has done the same with Northern Ireland, while Danny Williams scored his first international goal as the USA beat Holland and then overcame World champions Germany as well.

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