Leeds United’s 3-0 Carabao Cup success last night was a memorable occasion for Northern Ireland Under-21 international Alfie McCalmont who came off the bench to make his first team debut for the Championship side.
The highly regarded 19-year-old midfielder played the final 20 minutes of United’s first round success at Salford City.
Elsewhere in the competition, striker Liam Boyce claimed his first goal of the season as he opened the scoring for Burton Albion in their 2-1 win at Port Vale.
And striker Josh Magennis made his debut for Hull City who now play fellow Championship side Preston North End following their 3-0 success at Tranmere Rovers in the opening round.
Rotherham United forward Kyle Vassell scored for the Millers as they romped to a 4-0 victory at Shrewsbury Town to set up a second round tie with either Sheffield Wednesday or troubled Bury.
“I thought Vass was excellent,” said Rotherham boss Paul Warne, “He has really stepped up over the summer, come back in really good shape and he really wants to be in the team.
“His performances justified that he started tonight and he’s keeping some good players out.”
Also on the scoresheet was forward Caolan Lavery. He scored both of Walsall’s goals after coming on as a substitute in the Saddlers' 3-2 home defeat to Crawley Town.
Manager Darrell Clarke, who only secured Lavery’s signature last week, was delighted to see his new signing get off the mark.
“It’s pleasing because he’s missed all of pre-season and not played many minutes,” said Clarke. “The last thing you want to do is to be killing the boy too early but he showed his quality. His second goal was a great finish.”
Midfielder Callum Camps also scored twice, and chalked up an assist, as Rochdale put five goals past a youthful Bolton Wanderers at Spotland.
Finally, there were assists last night for Middlesbrough’s Paddy McNair, Josh Doherty of Crawley Town and former Coleraine winger Stephen Dooley, who is now at Rochdale.