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Usain Bolt scores first two goals in professional football

15 October 2018
Usain Bolt scores first two goals in professional football

Usain Bolt said opening his Central Coast Mariners account was "a weight off his shoulders" as the world's fastest man bagged a second-half brace in a 4-0 win.

Bolt's debut with the Mariners back on August 31 was punctuated by a rough first touch, but on Friday night in Australia, the former Olympic superstar and eight-time gold medalist was all smiles.

The retired eight-time Olympic gold medalist sprinter is trying to secure a place with the Mariners for this season, which begins for the Mariners on October 21 against the Brisbane Roar. Don't get frustrated if you miss, it's a part of the game. I think running off the ball is where I've improved the most, I can see and move into space.

"It was brilliant", Bolt said afterward.

McCormack sent a through ball for Bolt to chase, and he showed his athleticism to fend off defender Josh Symons before firing a left-footed rocket past stunned keeper Eze Consoni on 54 minutes.

He added: "I think I made some slight mistakes, but I'm just happy to get the chance and I'm proud of myself".

Bolt said he was pleased with his improvement but refused to label himself a pro yet.

Bolt admitted he fluffed his first goalscoring opportunity: "I just panicked a little bit".

"I've been working, I've been trying to get fit and play over 45 minutes so for me I think I did pretty well and I am happy with the progress I am making". "I'm here to prove to the world, as I said, that I can be a footballer".

He played the entire second half against the North Shore Mariners on September 19, when he alternated between left wing and forward.

After the game the 100m and 200m world record holder told "FOX Sports" that he was pleased with his performance.

Only time will tell whether Bolt truly has what it takes because Friday's game was only a pre-season friendly, though there's no denying he's getting better and better.

"You can't just react to something that's happened in front of us right now, ' Mulvey said".

"I've learned how to set my body, where to place the ball, get a ball near my feet".

He hopes will pave the way for a professional contract with the Mariners ahead of their 2018-19 A-League campaign.