Sixteen-year-old Luke Matheson was in dreamland after scoring against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday night but can go back to reality Thursday using a psychology evaluation at college.
Defender Matheson – entering his GCSE year at college and aged 15 – performed his first match for Rochdale, becoming the club’s youngest debutant, in an EFL match 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 reduce.
“What is just happened so quickly,” Matheson tells 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 fantasy come true.
“It’s surreal. I am lost for words. It turned out to be a night the group, for me personally, Bryan Barry-Murphy [the Rochdale manager] and everyone. It was simply unreal.
“This is my mum’s very first game in five years because she has 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 test.
“I guess we could’ve won, but the outcome doesn’t take away anything from weeping – it was astonishing. It was sort of a bummer that we did not get the win, but we could not have asked for anything more I believed we were excellent.”
Matheson is a defender but his aim was purely instinctual and”something I’ll remember for the rest of my life”, he states.
“I’ve sort of just found Ollie Rathborne put it up for me and I have kind of just found it and I did not actually think about it my body took over,” he explained.
“I sprinted into the ball, seen it hit the roof of the net along with the adrenaline shot then I was off before the fans.
“The atmosphere was amazing, everyone was absolutely buzzing and words can not describe that feeling of the pack in the bash. The excitement was something specific.”

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