Watford defender Adrian Mariappa believes Jamaica have a great chance of reaching a World Cup for the first time since 1998 after their CONCACAF Nations League win over Antigua & Barbuda.

The Reggae Boyz made it five wins from five with the 2-0 win on Friday night and are now guaranteed to finish top of their group.

The victory puts them in a strong position to challenge for a spot at the Qatar 2022 World Cup finals and Mariappa told the Watford website he was confident they could achieve their target.

“Qualifying for the Gold Cup again is great and hopefully we can go step further and win it," he said.

"But more importantly we’re now in an incredibly strong position to make the final round of the World Cup qualifiers.

“We haven’t qualified since '98 and each campaign it gets harder when you are battling against financial powerhouses such as the USA and Mexico. It’s still a long road but we’re confident we can make it, which will have a huge impact on the whole of Jamaica.”

Elsewhere Craig Cathcart was involved as Northern Ireland's hopes of qualifying automatically for Euro 2020 ended with a 0-0 draw against the Netherlands in Belfast.

Captain Steven Davis fired a first-half penalty over the bar in what could turn out to be manager Michael O'Neill's final home game in charge.

Catchart's national side can still progress to next summer's tournament through the play-offs, for which O'Neill will remain at the helm.