Sixteen-year-old Luke Matheson was dreamland after scoring against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday night – but will probably return with a psychology test at school to reality on Thursday.
Defender Matheson – entering his GCSE year at school and old 15 – played his first game in an EFL match match against Bury, getting the club’s youngest debutant, for Rochdale.
Yesterday evening, Matheson equaliser from United Rochdale’s Carabao Cup third-round tie to penalties – although they proceeded to lose.
“Everything’s just happened so quickly,” Matheson informs Sky Sports News.
“Wow. What can I say really? Never did I think I would be 16 years of scoring at Old Trafford – that is 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 everybody. It was simply unreal.
“This is my mum’s very first match in five years since she’s been ill. So that one was to her. She was here ”
Asked if he has to miss college on Thursday, Matheson added:”We get off tomorrow, but I will enter college – I’ve got a psychology evaluation.
“I suppose we could’ve won, but the result does not take anything away from tonight – it was astonishing. It was sort of a bummer we did not have the win, but we could not have asked for anything more I thought we had been excellent.”
Matheson is a guardian but his aim was only instinctual and”something I will remember for the rest of my lifetime”, he says.
“I have kind of just seen Ollie Rathborne set it up for me and now I’ve kind of just seen it and I did not really consider it my entire body took over,” he explained.
“I sprinted into the ball, seen it struck the roof of the net and the adrenaline took over then I was away before the fans.
“The feeling was amazing, everyone was totally buzzing and words can’t explain that feeling of this bunch in the bash. The enthusiasm was something specific.”
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