Usain Bolt Has Scored His First Goal As Professional Footballer

Usain Bolt bags 1st goals of football career on 1st start for Australian club

Usain Bolt has scored his first goals for a professional football team, getting two on his first start for Central Coast Mariners in a friendly.

The eight-time Olympic gold medal victor and current record holder for the 100 metres is aiming to secure a contract with the Australian side after joining them on trial at the start of August.

The eight-time Olympic champion was named in the Mariners' starting line-up against Macarthur South West United on Friday, with Mike Mulvey's men running out comfortable winners.

The first goal saw him shrug off a defender and fire a low left-footed shot under the keeper, who should have done better with the effort.

"My first start and scoring two goals, it's a good feeling", he said.

PETER PARKS  AFP
PETER PARKS AFP

Having worked hard on his fitness since that debut on the Central Coast, the 32-year-old was able to last the majority of the game, but there remains much room for improvement in his general play before he can contemplate winning an A-League contract.

His dart to the near post created space for McCormack, who confidently headed home his first goal in Mariners colours from fellow new signing Tommy Oar's delivery.

The decision to withdraw him with 15 minutes remaining - with the prospect of a hat-trick tantalisingly close - was met with predictable boos and he departed to a standing ovation.

The Jamaican then capitalised on a defensive mix-up to score his second on 69 minutes before being substituted six minutes later with the score at 4-0.

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