Usain Bolt scores twice on first start for Aus­tralia’s Cen­tral Coast Mariners

Tehran Times - - WORLD SPORTS -

It ap­pears that light­ning can strike twice. Hav­ing failed to find the net in his pre­vi­ous out­ing for Cen­tral Coast Mariners, on a rainy Fri­day night in the South West Sydney sub­urb of Camp­bell­town celebrity tri­al­ist Usain Bolt scored the first two goals of his fledg­ling foot­ball ca­reer.

In his maiden start for the Mariners, the Olympic leg­end looked ner­vous early on and, by his own ad­mis­sion, pan­icked when his first goal-scor­ing op­por­tu­nity ar­rived in the open­ing min­utes.

Since his un­der­whelm­ing first ap­pear­ance in late Au­gust, Bolt has un­der­taken in­ten­sive train­ing ses­sions in a bid to work on both skills and fit­ness, yet for the first 45 min­utes the im­prove­ment looked to be min­i­mal.

De­spite hav­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence of Tommy Oar and Ross McCor­mack along­side him in at­tack, heavy first touches saw Bolt give up pos­ses­sion eas­ily as he strug­gled to make any real im­pact. A first-half header was wide of the mark and poor tim­ing con­tin­ued to plague the eight-time Olympic sprint cham­pion as he bat­tled to keep his foot­ball dream alive.

Man­ager Mike Mul­vey had in­di­cated Bolt would have at least 70 min­utes to prove his worth and just short of the hour mark the Ja­maican fi­nally gave the fans some­thing to cheer about.

Tak­ing the ball on the left and shrug­ging off his de­fender, his low strike beat the goal­keeper at the near post. Cue hys­te­ria in Camp­bell­town as the trade­mark “Light­ning Bolt” cel­e­bra­tion was beamed around the world.

“You’ve got to be happy for him,” Mul­vey told FOX Sports. “It’s one of those mo­ments he’ll trea­sure for­ever but it was just good foot­ball, he shielded the ball well and hit the tar­get.”

In the 69th minute, a de­fen­sive mix up from the home side pre­sented Bolt with a sec­ond and all he had to do this time was sim­ply tap the ball into the net for his brace.

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.

The head­lines will nat­u­rally be all about the goals and he should cer­tainly be given credit where it’s due -- the first one was a tidy fin­ish that any foot­baller would be proud of. How­ever, it should not be for­got­ten that the op­po­si­tion in this match was not the same stan­dard as Bolt will face should he se­cure a con­tract to play in the A-League.

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