McCullough makes his mark on FA Cup

Luke McCullough. Pic Steve Parkin.

Luke McCullough. Pic Steve Parkin.

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Portadown-born Luke McCullough played a key role in Doncaster Rovers’ spirited FA Cup exit to top-flight Stoke City.

The League One outfit lined out with McCullough in defence against a Stoke side packed with Premier League experience.

Stoke edged past Rovers by 2-1 in front of 13,299 fans at Keepmoat Stadium - with McCullough central to the Doncaster goal.

McCullough’s driving run from deep finished with a pass which Nathan Tyson converted.

Stoke included Ryan Shawcross, Jonathan Walters and Peter Crouch as part of the starting line-up.

The Northern Ireland international’s run was described by the official Doncaster Rovers Twitter feed as “McCullough carries the ball absolutely miles, skipped past several men, fires it into Tyson who has his shot saved before firing home”.

McCullough was also singled out for praise by fans, with @drfcdec posting the defender was “especially solid”.

The Doncaster Free Press described McCullough’s run as “Bobby Moore-esque!” towards a rating of 7 out of 10.

See this week’s Portadown Times (January 15 edition) for full story.