29 year old Jamaican International Adrian Mariappa played 30 minutes for Crystal Palace as they lost 2-1 to Manchester United in the 2016 F.A. Cup final at Wembley Stadium. This was Crystal Palace’s first final since 1990 and this was Manchester United’s first final since 2007. With this result, Manchester United win’s their 12th F.A. Cup and they are now level with Arsenal tied with the most F.A. Cup titles.
Mariappa who made his debut for Jamaica in May 2012 in a 1-0 win over Guyana at the Montego Bay Sports Complex picked up a runners up medal today along with Jason Puncheon and Dwight Gayle who also have Jamaican roots. The last Jamaican International to get a runners up medal in an F.A. Cup final was Ricardo Fuller in 2011 when he was with Stoke City as Stoke City lost 1-0 to Manchester City F.C. in 2011.
The last Jamaican International to win the F.A. Cup was Frank Sinclair who won it with Chelsea F.C. in 1997. Since then no Jamaican International has won the F.A. Cup since.
Manchester United’s victory in the F.A. Cup means that they will face Wes Morgan and Leicester City F.C. in the F.A. Community Shield in August 2016. Manchester United last won the Community Shield in 2013 under David Moyes while Leicester City last won the Community Shield in 1971.
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