Sixteen-year-old Luke Matheson was dreamland after scoring against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday night – but can go back having a psychology test at college to reality on Thursday.
Twelve months ago, defender Matheson – entering his year at college and old 15 – and his first game played for Rochdale, becoming the club’s youngest debutant, in an EFL match match against Bury.
Yesterday evening, Matheson’s 76th-minute equaliser against United Rochdale’s Carabao Cup third-round tie to penalties – although they proceeded to lose 5-3 on spot-kicks.
“Everything’s just happened so quickly,” Matheson informs Sky Sports News.
“Wow. What could I say very? Never did I believe I would be 16 years of scoring at Old Trafford – that’s a fantasy come true.
“It is surreal. I’m lost for words. It turned out to be a special night for me, the group, Bryan Barry-Murphy [the Rochdale manager] and everyone. It was simply unreal.
“This was my mum’s first match in five years because she’s been ill. So one was to get her. She had been here ”
Asked when he has to miss college on Thursday, Matheson added:”We receive tomorrow off, but I shall enter college – I have a psychology evaluation.
“I suppose we could have won, but the outcome doesn’t take anything away from tonight – it was wonderful. It was sort of a bummer we didn’t have the winbut we couldn’t have asked for more I believed we were superb.”
Matheson is a guardian but his goal was purely instinctual and”something I will remember for the rest of my life”, he says.
“I have sort of just seen Ollie Rathborne set it around for me and I’ve sort of just found it and I did not really consider it that my body took over,” he said.
“I sprinted to the ball, found it hit the roof of the internet and the adrenaline shot then I was away in front of the fans.
“The atmosphere was wonderful, everyone was totally buzzing and words can not explain that feeling of this pack in the celebration. The excitement was something specific.”
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