The Bantams defender scored the third and final goal in his side's Capital One Cup victory over Premier League side Aston Villa and says that it was a 'dream come true'
The Republic of Ireland youth international's header on 77 minutes made the score 3-1 and granted Phil Parkinson's side a two goal cushion heading into the second leg of the tie.
"It's all a bit of a blur," McHugh told the Irish Examiner. "It's unbelievable to score against [Shay Given], with us coming from the same part of Ireland. I have watched him play in World Cups for Ireland and it's a dream come true."
He added: "I was determined to make sure we got the two-goal lead. I didn't care how I got my head on it."
McHugh, 19, began his career with Reading and enjoyed loan spells with Swindon Supermarine and Dundalk before joining Bradford City in August 2012.
The second leg of the tie between Bradford City and Aston Villa will take place at Villa Park on Tuesday January 22.