Sixteen-year-old Luke Matheson was in dreamland after scoring against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday night – but will return to reality on Thursday with a psychology evaluation at college.
Twelve months before, defender Matheson – entering his year at school and old 15 – and his first game played becoming the club’s youngest debutant, at an EFL match against Bury.
Last night, Matheson equaliser against United Rochdale’s Carabao Cup third-round tie to penalties – though they went on to lose 5-3 on spot-kicks.
“Everything’s just happened so fast,” Matheson informs Sky Sports News.
“Wow. What do I say? Never did I believe I would be 16 years of scoring in Old Trafford – that is a fantasy come true.
“It is surreal. I am lost for words. It turned out to be a special night for me personally, the group, Bryan Barry-Murphy [that the Rochdale director ] and everybody. It was simply unreal.
“This was my mum’s first game in five years since she has been ill. So one was due to her. She had been here ”
Asked when he gets to miss college on Thursday, Matheson added:”We receive tomorrow off, but I shall go into school – I have a psychology evaluation.
“I guess we could’ve won, but the outcome doesn’t take anything away from crying – it was wonderful. It was sort of a bummer that we didn’t have the winbut we could not have asked for anything more I believed we had been superb.”
Matheson is a guardian but his aim was only instinctual and”something I’ll remember for the rest of my lifetime”, he says.
“I’ve kind of just noticed Ollie Rathborne put it around for me and I have sort of just seen it and I did not actually think about it that my entire body took over,” he said.
“I sprinted into the ball, seen it hit the roof of the net along with the adrenaline shot then I was off in front of the lovers.
“The feeling was wonderful, everyone was totally buzzing and words can’t describe that feeling of this pack in the bash. The enthusiasm was something special.”