Sixteen-year-old Luke Matheson was in dreamland after scoring against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday night but could go back having a psychology evaluation at college to reality Thursday.
Twelve months ago, defender Matheson – old 15 and entering his year at school – and his first game played at an EFL match against Bury, getting the club’s youngest debutant, for Rochdale.
Yesterday evening, Matheson equaliser from United Rochdale’s Carabao Cup third-round tie penalties – though they went on to lose 5-3 on spot-kicks.
“Everything’s just happened so fast,” Matheson tells Sky Sports News.
“Wow. What could I say? Never did I believe I would be 16 years of scoring in Old Trafford – that is a dream come true.
“It is surreal. I’m lost for words. It turned out to be a night the team, for me, Bryan Barry-Murphy [that the Rochdale manager] and everybody. It was just unreal.
“This is my mum’s very first game in five years because she has been ill. So that one was due to her. She had been here ”
Asked when he gets to miss school on Thursday, Matheson added:”We get off tomorrow, but I shall go into college – I’ve got a psychology test.
“I suppose we could have won, but the result does not take away anything from crying – it was amazing. It was sort of a bummer that we did not have the winbut we could not have asked for more I believed we had been excellent.”
Matheson is a defender but his goal was only instinctual and”something I will remember for the rest of my lifetime”, he states.
“I’ve kind of just found Ollie Rathborne set it up for me and now I have sort of just seen it and I did not actually consider it my body took over,” he explained.
“I sprinted into the ball, found it struck the roof of the internet along with the adrenaline shot then I was off in front of the lovers.
“The feeling was wonderful, everyone was absolutely buzzing and words can’t explain that feeling of the pack in the bash. The enthusiasm was something unique.”
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