Usain Bolt Scores Two Goals In First Start As Pro Soccer Player

Usain Bolt

Bolt had arrived too unfit for A-League duty, and his previous outing in late August had been underwhelming.

A huge Manchester United fan, Bolt was open about his desire to play football professionally during his eight-year Olympic reign. "His first touch was clumsy and he never recovered, barely making it to the 18-yard box before a covering tackle saw the ball roll away for a corner", Bungard wrote. "I think my running off the ball is where I've improved most".

"You've got to be so happy for the guy, haven't you?"

Just before the interval Tommy Oar whisked a telling cross that Bolt timed his athletic jump to flawless, except head the ball wide of the gaping goalmouth.

So therein lies the question - should the Mariners invest in Bolt, or at 32 is the nine-time Olympic gold medal victor too much of a gamble?

Bolt started for the Mariners against a second-tier National Premier League combined team representing Sydney's southwest region.

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Bolt looked out of sorts straight after the interval, unable to capitalise on the chances that were coming thick and fast.

Usain Bolt is about to score his first goal.

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Lightning struck twice as Usain Bolt bagged a brace on his first start for Central Coast Mariners!

Bolt's goal impressed Dutch soccer legend Ruud van Nistelrooy.

He capitalised on a defensive mix-up for his second, with a Macarthur defender and goalkeeper colliding to leave Bolt able to tap in from close range.

His reward for adding to the tally was to be substituted.

Showing that he is not just any trialist, Bolt signalled to the bench that he wanted five more minutes, but his hat trick was not forthcoming and he left the field to a standing ovation.

"To score two goals, it's a good feeling, it's what I'm working towards, I try to improve myself, I try to get better and I'm doing that".

And on his social media Instagram page was clearly elated.

Though the Mariners represent Bolt's greatest chance of playing professional football to date, the club has previously clarified that the agreement "does not guarantee a professional playing contract". He's finally shown the world what he is capable of, but he clearly still has a long way to go. United plays in a second-tier competition.

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