Sunday 13 October, 2019

Goal hero Mattocks exhales over 'having to prove people wrong'

Darren Mattocks (third right) is surrounded by teammates after scoring the winning goal in Jamaica's Gold Cup quarterfinal clash against Panama on Sunday.

Darren Mattocks (third right) is surrounded by teammates after scoring the winning goal in Jamaica's Gold Cup quarterfinal clash against Panama on Sunday.

Reggae Boy Darren Mattocks is gloating.

And at the same time, he appears to be rueing the lack of playing time allotted him by coach Theodore Whitmore during this year’s edition of the Concacaf Gold Cup.

Two minutes after coming on as a substitute in Jamaica's quarterfinal clash against Panama, Mattocks slotted home a 73rd minute penalty at the Lincoln Financial Field to hand the Reggae Boyz a place in the semi finals of the regional competition for the third straight year.

And he took to the social media platform Instagram to voice his feelings.

“This has been my life, pretty much my entire life, not just my career proving people wrong over and over again and when I feel like giving up, Jesus told me to keep pushing because he said before one of his words pass away heaven and earth will! He’ll never leave nor forsake us,” Mattocks wrote.

The striker has been coming off the bench for the Reggae Boyz and seems to be wanting more playing time to showcase his marksmanship.

“I told y’all THE STRONGEST WARRIORS GET THE HARDEST FIGHT. How can I never no believe in GOD above when over and over again he came through and has never let us down! Believe what you want but for me the  greatest gift we have on earth is the ability to seek GOD through prayer and have him deliver not on our own timing but his! Humble beginnings to great ends,” he posted.

The Reggae Boyz have a real chance of making a historic third straight final appearance in the regional football tournament when they face hosts and pre-tournament favourites, the USA, in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday night.

Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: