Middlesbrough booked their spot in the second round of the League Cup with a penalty-shootout win over Notts County on Tuesday night.
Indeed, the two teams played out a 3-3 draw at the Riverside Stadium before the Championship outfit triumphed 4-3 on penalties.
It was a big night for 21-year-old Nathan McGinley, who made his first-team debut for Boro against the League Two club.
The 6ft 3in defender came through the youth system at the Riverside Stadium before signing his first professional contract back in 2015.
McGinley spent time on loan with Wycombe Wanderers in League Two last season, but is now back with Boro, and will be looking for regular action this season.
The versatile defender took to social media in the aftermath of the Notts County match, and the Boro fans were on hand to pay tribute to his performance.
A selection of the Twitter reaction from the club’s supporters can be seen below:
Another lad who impressed me tonight. Could be a 1st teamer in the near future. Well done son.⚽️⚽️
— Davey Leen (@DaveLeen5) August 15, 2018
Well done Nathan worth the wait
— Peter Brady (@alfiebrady11) August 15, 2018
👏👏👏😘 brilliant Nathan well done
— Elizabeth Bowes (@BowesElizabeth1) August 15, 2018
Congratulations Nathan! Great inspiration to all the little Boro fans out there!
— Andrew Antill (@Andyroo1980) August 15, 2018
Some academy we have !!!!!! Great seeing the kids break through
— Stephen Bashford (@bashfor1) August 15, 2018
Congrats Nathan. Kick on from here 👍
— BoroPhil (@PhiliusBoro) August 15, 2018
— Boro (@Ironopulis) August 15, 2018
You along with many of the youth has an outstanding game. Bright future for you
— Michael Reynolds (@Michael61293404) August 15, 2018