Luke Matheson: Rochdale teenager scores at Manchester United then returns to school

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Sixteen-year-old Luke Matheson was in dreamland after scoring against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday night – but will probably return with a psychology test at school to reality Thursday.
Twelve months ago, defender Matheson – old 15 and entering his year at college – and his first match played with becoming the club’s youngest ever debutant, at an EFL match against Bury.
Last night, Matheson’s 76th-minute equaliser from United Rochdale’s Carabao Cup third-round tie penalties – though they went on to lose.
“Everything’s just happened so quickly,” Matheson informs Sky Sports News.
“Wow. What could I say? Never did I think I would be 16 years of scoring in Old Trafford – that is a dream come true.
“It is surreal. I am lost for words. It was a special night for me personally, the group, Bryan Barry-Murphy [the Rochdale director ] and everybody. It was unreal.
“This was my mum’s first game in five years since she has been sick. So that one was to her. She had been here watching.”
Asked when he has to miss college on Thursday, Matheson added:”We receive off tomorrow, but I shall enter college – I have a psychology test.
“I guess we could’ve won, but the result does not take away anything from tonight – it was fantastic. It was kind of a bummer that we did not have the winbut we could not have asked for more I believed we were superb.”
Matheson is a guardian but his aim was purely instinctual and”something I will remember for the rest of my lifetime”, he states.
“I’ve kind of just noticed Ollie Rathborne put it up for me and I have kind of just found it and I did not really think about it that my body took over,” he explained.
“I sprinted into the ball, found it hit the roof of the internet along with the adrenaline shot then I was off in front of the fans.
“The feeling was wonderful, everyone was absolutely buzzing and words can not describe that feeling of the pack in the celebration. The enthusiasm was something specific.”

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