Usain Bolt scores first goals for Central Coast Mariners

Usain Bolt scores first goals for Central Coast Mariners

Usain Bolt scores first goals for Central Coast Mariners

The Jamaican athletics legend scored twice for Australian side Central Coast Mariners on Friday in a warm-up match for the A-League against Macarthur South West United in Sydney.

Usain Bolt, an eight-time Olympic gold medallist, is now officially a goal-scorer in professional football.

He scored his first in the 57th minute when he shrugged off a defender on the left before unleashing a hard, low shot past the goalkeeper at the near post.

Speaking after the match, Bolt spoke of his delight in netting his first goals in professional football: "My first start and scoring two goals, it's a good feeling. I'm happy I could come here and show the world I'm improving", Mail Online reported. "I'm keen to be a Mariner, and get into the team".

Bolt joined the A-League club in August for an "indefinite training period".

It was an historic moment for both the player and club - Bolt finally realised his dream of playing professionally, even if it was a brief 20 minute cameo, and the Mariners picked up huge coverage from around the world - a win-win for all involved.

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The Mariners wouldn't have to wait long for a goal after that, with new signing Tommy Oar swinging a ball in from the left after seven minutes for fellow fresh face Ross McCormack to head home.

The goal was marked in a style only he could muster - by striking the famous "lightning bolt" pose usually reserved for track victories.

Bolt's big night came during the Mariners' final exhibition before this year's regular season, but it marks a noted step forward for the longtime sprinter on the soccer field.

"I'm just pushing myself and have put in the work so now I have to go out there and execute". After a few months of training at Borussia Dortmund, Bolt shifted to Mariners in Australia to live his footballing career.

"I think I made some slight mistakes but it's my first real game with the first team".

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