Donegal's Carl McHugh is very much the hero for Scottish Premiership side Motherwell today.

He scored a stunning  winner to enable them to beat Hearts 2-1 and book their place in the semi-finals of the Scottish FA Cup.

The Motherwell captain scored in the 88th minute (it's at 5.33 in the clip below).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ml2smsXfDZs

McHugh, from Leitirmacaward, was on Reading's books initially, and then went out on loan to Swindon Supermarine and then to Dundalk.

In 2012 Carl was released by Reading and joined Bradford City where he had quite a first season.

McHugh made his senior debut in a 2-1 win over Watford in the League Cup on 28 August ’12, a tournament that would see Bradford make it all the way to Wembley seeing off the likes of Arsenal and Aston Villa before losing to Swansea City in the Final.

He moved to Plymouth in 2014.

He played a pivotal role in getting the Pilgrims to the Play-off Final at Wembley in 2016 but falling just short of gaining promotion to League One.

He declined the offer of a new contract and moved to Motherwell.

Carl endured something of a baptism of fire during his league debut for Motherwell suffering a serious head injury that kept him on the sidelines for five months.

In the summer of 2017 when he signed a new two year contract with the Steelmen and assumed the captaincy upon the installation of Keith Lasley as assistant manager to Stephen Robinson.

Photo: Motherwell FC.

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