Usain Bolt Has Scored His First Goal As Professional Footballer


"I'm just happy I got a chance and I'm proud of myself", Bolt said, as quoted by

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. His first goal, though, indicated some promise as he displayed strength to shrug off one defender before showing poise in front of goal to finish with a low left-footed shot.

If the keeper was disappointed to let in Bolt's first strike, the second goal was embarrassing for him and his centre-back.

There were rumors Bolt could have made an appearance for English Premier League club Manchester United, largely eminating from the man himself and owing to his professed love of the club.

He did well to a control chipped ball played by Scotland striker Ross McCormack and held off the Macarthur defender.

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.

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"My first start and scoring two goals, it's a good feeling", Bolt told Fox Sports after he was substituted in the 75th minute.

'I'm keen to be a Mariner, to play my best and get into the team'. In celebration, he gave his trademark Lightning Bolt to the crowd.

"I think I've improved in every area".

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

Usain Bolt wants to be a footballer more than anything in the world. He just looks a little bit sharper, not a great deal to be honest.

The Central Coast Mariners begin their A-League campaign with a trip to face Brisbane Roar at the Suncorp Stadium on October 19.