News ID: 232669
Published: 1251 GMT October 12, 2018

Bolt scores first pro goals

Bolt scores first pro goals
Central Coast Mariners’ Usain Bolt (C) is in action during a 4-0 friendly victory over Macarthur South West United in Sydney, Australia, on October 12, 2018.

Usain Bolt scored his first goals in professional football after starting up front for Australia's Central Coast Mariners in a preseason friendly.

The 100m world-record holder, who is bidding for a professional contract, recovered from a painful kick in the groin to score twice against Macarthur South West United in Sydney, Sky Sports reported.

Bolt put the Mariners 3-0 up in the 55th minute after a strong left-footed finish, celebrating with his trademark 'Lightning Bolt' pose.

The Jamaican then capitalized on a defensive mix-up to score his second just after the hour mark before being substituted with the score at 4-0.

The eight-time Olympic champion, who retired from athletics in 2017, arrived at the Mariners in August in a bid to ignite his football career.

Bolt expressed his concerns that Friday's match would determine his future with the club as he strives toward winning a professional contract and a place with the Mariners for the season, which beginnings on October 19.

"I'm just happy that I got a chance and I'm proud of myself," Bolt told Fox Sports after the game.

"It was a big deal... first start and scoring two goals. It was a good feeling. This is what I worked towards. I try to get better and I am on the way to doing that.

"I'm keen, that's why I'm here to play my best and to try and get into the team," he added.

The 32-year-old previously trained with Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund.


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