Rochdale's star performance against Manchester United

Just a month after collecting his GCSE results, Rochdale youngster Luke Matheson scored a stunning volley as his side took Manchester United to penalties in their League Cup third round tie last night.

Mason Greenwood put United ahead but Matheson smashed home a famous equaliser 14 minutes from time for it to go to penalties.

The hosts eventually scraped through 5-3 on spot kicks at Old Trafford, but it was a night to remember for the 16 year old.

Matheson missed sixth form to play in the game and afterwards said he'd be back to reality with a bang this morning.

He says: " It was a special, special night for me, the payers, the coaching staff and the fans. 

"I don't think I can sum it up.  The feeling in the dressing room was surreal afterwards.

"Something I've never experienced before and I don't think I will experience again. 

"If you worry about your opponents, then you're not going to get anywhere, you've got to make them worry about you. 

"My opponents my opponent, it doesn't matter if they're in an under 16's game or playing against United at Old Trafford, I'll just do the best I can."

Rochdale earned a standing ovation from the 5,500 travelling supporters that had gone to see them play. 

Matheson collected his GCSE results from Trinity C of E High School in Fallowfield last month. He got 10 in all, including an 8 in PE, which will be beneficial if his football career does not work out.

Rochdale manager Brian Barry Murphy says he thought the players gave everything. 

"I think it was a very, very successful night for all of our players."


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