Light­ning Bolt strikes twice for Mariners

NT News - - SPORT - EMMA KEMP

WHERE were you when Usain Bolt scored his first goal for a pro­fes­sional foot­ball side?

A lit­tle fewer than 6000 were at Syd­ney’s Camp­bell­town Sta­dium last night to wit­ness the mo­ment in time.

An­other few thou­sand sat on the couch at home watch­ing on TV, some un­doubt­edly cheer­ing, some in dis­be­lief that the Ja­maican track great they were sure was def­i­nitely not a foot­baller could do some­thing so foot­ball-like.

Bolt’s maiden goal for Cen­tral Coast in the trial match was a rip­per, a deft fin­ish that will un­likely prove enough on its own to war­rant an ALeague con­tract, but might qui­eten some of the crit­ics.

Fifty-five min­utes into his Mariners start­ing de­but, Bolt broke into space and dashed on to a through ball.

With that lop­ing stride that so breezily broke the 100m and 200m world records mul­ti­ple times, he took it on the an­gle with his left foot and struck it low and hard past the goal­keeper at the near post.

“It was a big deal. First start and scor­ing two goals was a good feel­ing. This is what I worked to­wards, I tried to im­prove my­self and get bet­ter,” Bolt told Fox Sports.

Ad­mit­tedly, it was a snap­shot amid a still rudi­men­tary per­sonal dis­play against a Macarthur South West United team com­prised of a hand­ful of the re­gion’s NPL play­ers.

And though light­ning did strike twice, the 32-year-old’s sec­ond goal came by virtue of a de­fen­sive mix-up that left him free to tap the ball into an empty net.

Pic­ture: BRETT COSTELLO

Usain Bolt cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing a goal for Cen­tral Coast Mariners against Macarthur South West United last night

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