World’s fastest man, Usain Bolt scored two goals in his second trial match for the A-League’s Central Coast Mariners, to boost his chances of realising his dream of becoming a professional footballer.
Usain Bolt who wore No 95 shirt in reference to his world record time over 100m, struck in a 20-minute second-half period as the Mariners eased to a 4-0 win over Macarthur South West United; the first was a coolly-taken individual effort while a defensive mix-up gifted him a second in the pre-season friendly in Campbelltown.
“I think I made some slight mistakes but I’m just happy to get the chance and I’m proud of myself,” Bolt told Fox Sports after his withdrawal on 75 minutes. “Scoring a goal in your first proper match is a big deal. It was a good feeling.”
The Jamaican who has worked hard on his fitness since that debut on the Central Coast, still has to improve in his general play before he can contemplate winning an A-League contract. The athlete turned footballer was however withdrawn with 15 minutes remaining after he scored two goals – with the prospect of a hat-trick tantalisingly close – was met with predictable boos and he departed to a standing ovation.
“I think I’ve improved in every area,” Usain Bolt said. “I think my touch is that little bit better; my vision needs to improve a little bit more. I think my running off the ball is where I’ve improved most.”