EURO 2016: McCullough part of historic night for Northern Ireland

Portadown-born Luke McCullough (right). Pic by PressEye Ltd.
Portadown-born Luke McCullough (right). Pic by PressEye Ltd.

Portadown-born Luke McCullough played a part on the night Northern Ireland made history by qualifying for a first-ever European Championships.

The Doncaster Rovers defender was introduced off the substitutes’ bench after 84 minutes to finish on the Windsor Park field as Northern Ireland wrapped up a spot in next summer’s France tournament.

Northern Ireland entered the penultimate qualifying game in search of two points to confirm progress - with a 3-1 victory against Greece sending the Green And White Army to a first finals in three decades.

McCullough has been a regular part of squads under Michael O’Neill’s international management and if he maintains that form the 21-year-old will write his own place in the history books.

A place on the plane for EURO 2016 would make McCullough the first Portadown-born player to represent his country at one of the game’s two major international tournaments.

McCullough is the fifth town player to gain full international caps but none of the previous four - Harry Johnston, Davy Cochrane, current manager Michael O’Neill and Keith Rowland - were involved in Northern Ireland’s World Cup campaigns of 1958, 1982 and 1986.