Bolt scored first goals in professional football

12 October, 2018, 16:32 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt has scored two goals on his first start for Australian professional side Central Coast Mariners.

Central Coast are now preparing for the A-League season and Bolt was handed his first start for their friendly game with Macarthur South West United.

The partnership with former Leeds and Aston Villa man Ross McCormack and Bolt already has the potential to surpass the pairing of Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe.

His second came in slightly more fortuitous circumstances as a defensive mixup between keeper and defender saw the ball fall to Bolt, who rolled the ball home into an empty net.

Bolt was replaced after 75 minutes, with Central Coast leading 4-0.

"It was my first proper game and I'm just happy I got a chance", Bolt said.

Bolt, 32, finished with his left foot after some slack marking on 55 minutes, celebrating with his trademark "Lightning Bolt" pose.


Since his underwhelming debut in late August, Bolt has undertaken intensive training sessions in a bid to work on both skills and fitness, yet for the first 45 minutes the improvement looked to be minimal.

"My first start and scoring two goals, it's a good feeling". His first came by scoring 10 minutes into the second half with a left-footed finish after shaking off a defender.

The retired sprinter is trying to launch a football career down under, after hanging his spikes up previous year having won eight Olympic gold medals. I try to get better and I am on the way to doing that.

The Australian A-League season begins on 19 October and the Mariners are yet to confirm whether Bolt will be offered a contract.

Bolt said he hoped to sit down with the Central Coast coaching staff next week to discuss his future with the team.

"It's the most important thing for a footballer is his touch".

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