Usain Bolt has marked his first begin for A-League facet Central Coast Mariners with two objectives towards Macarthur South West in a preseason pleasant.
Bolt, the 100 metres world file holder and eight-time Olympic gold medal winner, joined Central Coast on trial in August in a bid to win a contract and admitted the sport can be key to his future.
Enjoying in a central putting function, he scored his first within the 55th minute to place Central Coast Three-Zero up with a robust left-footed end after racing onto a Ross McCormack through-ball. He promptly produced his well-known lightning bolt celebration.
And his second purpose got here within the 68th minute when he capitalised on a defensive error to faucet dwelling from shut vary.
Bolt had numerous different possibilities earlier than being substituted within the 75th minute, however struggled early within the sport to take care of possession.
Slightly below 6000 individuals turned up on Friday evening at Campbelltown Sports activities Stadium they usually gave Bolt loads of help at any time when he touched the ball, particularly one enthusiastic horn blower.
“Scoring a purpose in your first correct match, the primary begin and scoring two objectives, it was a very good feeling,” Bolt advised Fox Sports activities. “As a result of that is what I’ve labored for. I’ve tried to show myself — I’ve tried to get higher. I feel I’ve improved in each space.
“I feel my contact is that little bit higher; my imaginative and prescient wants to enhance a little bit bit extra. I feel my working off the ball is the place I’ve improved most.”
McCormack added: “The perfect factor about Usain Bolt is he is so humble. He is fitted in nicely with the lads. From my first day even to the place he’s now, the transformation is large.”
Earlier than his double, Bolt wasn’t at all times convincing, both in his ending or in holding and distributing possession.
As early because the second minute, he broke clear however wasn’t in a position to get a shot on purpose, as he misplaced the ball earlier than attending to the penalty space.
Within the 23rd minute, he received the ball within the penalty space after dropping it, however his close-range shot got here off a defender and was comfortably saved.
He got here shut within the 39th minute when he had his finest second of the primary half. The 195cm Jamaican made a powerful, well-timed run and leap at a left-wing cross from Tommy Oar, successful an aerial contest and placing a agency header simply extensive of the put up.
McCormack and Jordan Murray scored the Mariners’ different objectives of their Four-Zero win of their ultimate preseason sport.
The A-League season begins subsequent weekend, with Central Coast away to Brisbane Roar on the Sunday.
Bolt retired from athletics after the 2017 World Championships and has been wanting to forge a brand new profession in skilled soccer.
Data from the Australian Related Press was used on this report