McCullough’s NI dream hits the knockout stages

Portadown-born Luke McCullough (left) and Conor Washington during a Northern Ireland training session in France for EURO 2016. Pic by PressEye Ltd.
Portadown-born Luke McCullough (left) and Conor Washington during a Northern Ireland training session in France for EURO 2016. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

Northern Ireland’s EURO 2016 adventure will extend into the tournament’s knockout stages for a squad that includes Portadown-born Luke McCullough.

The individual goal for McCullough remains the reward of European Championships playing time but he can continue to gain invaluable experience as part of the national panel’s ground-breaking progress.

Victory over Ukraine between defeats to Poland and Germany left Northern Ireland as one of the leading third-placed teams to set up a weekend test on Saturday evening against Wales.

Hundreds of supporters from the area have joined the Green And White Army in cheering on McCullough and his team-mates during a dream debut European Championships appearance.

A path out of the group has led to fans making frantic arrangements to remain in France or head over from home to be part of the adventure - with the supporters’ off-the-pitch behaviour attracting plaudits alongside the team’s progress.