Doncaster Rovers: International joy for McCullough and Furman

Luke McCullough, who made his debut for Northern Ireland as a substitute in the second half
Luke McCullough, who made his debut for Northern Ireland as a substitute in the second half
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Luke McCullough and Dean Furman are today both reflecting on a very satisfying weekend of international football.

McCullough, 20, made his first competitive appearance for Northern Ireland in their 2-0 home win over the Faroe Islands.

While midfielder Furman claimed an assist in South Africa’s impressive 2-0 triumph in Congo in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying.

Centre back McCullough, who this season has become a mainstay in the Doncaster defence, was a 56th minute replacement for goalscorer Gareth McAuley at Windsor Park.

Victory over the Faroes sent Northern Ireland top of Group F - their best start to any qualifying campaign since 1968.

McCullough tweeted: “Pleased to make my home and competitive debut.

“Bit shaky myself but the win’s the most important thing!”

Northern Ireland will hope to maintain their excellent start in Greece on Tuesday night.

Furman, meanwhile, continued his impressive form for South Africa by laying on a goal for Bournemouth striker Tokelo Rantie in Bafana Bafana’s 2-0 win in Congo.

The victory saw South Africa leapfrog their opponents into top spot in Group A ahead of the two side’s return clash on Wednesday.

Furman tweeted: “A great win in Congo to go top of the group. Looking forward to the next game in Polokwane now.”

Doncaster’s Marko Marosi was not involved as Slovakia Under 21s drew 1-1 with Italy in the first leg of their UEFA European U21 Championship qualification play-off.

Meanwhile, Rovers have been drawn at home to Notts County in the area quarter-finals of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

The tie will be played during the week commencing November 10.