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