USAIN Bolt scored his first goal and then added a second as the Central Mariners wrapped up preparations for the A-League with a 4-0 win over Macarthur South West United at Campbelltown Stadium on Friday night.
Whether it is enough to earn the world’s fastest men an A-League contract remains to be seen.
Bolt produced a clinical left foot finish midway through the second half to extend the lead to 3-0 over the part-timers. Two minutes later he capitalised on a mishap between a defender and the keeper to tap in.
“I’m just happy that I got a chance,” Bolt told Fox Sports. “Scoring a goal in your first proper match, it’s a big deal. It was a good feeling because this is what I worked towards, I try to improve myself, I try to get better and I’m on the way to doing that.
Starting his first game since joining the Mariners on an open-ended trial in August, Bolt had two good opportunities in the first half.
He went close again early in the second before finally grabbing a highlight.
“The coach said to me, ‘listen you will get the chances, you will miss some, you will score some',” Bolt said. “Just don’t get your head down, keep your head up and try for the next one. [The early chance] caught me by surprise and I just panicked a little bit in the first couple of minutes. The more you play the more you learn and get more accustomed to the game.”
Played into space the eight-time Olympic gold medal winner unleashed a left foot drive at the near post, before producing his trademark celebration.
The Jamaican then capitalised on a defensive mix-up to score his second on 69 minutes before being substituted six minutes later with the score at 4-0.
Fox Sports commentator Mark Bosnich said at half-time that although there were some slight improvements, Bolt still had a long way to go.
“Slight improvement if you want to say that but his touch is still very poor,” Bosnich said. “It’s the most important thing for a footballer is his touch.
“We’ll have to see how he goes for the rest of the time he’s on the park but right here at the start where he seemed to be at his brightest, he did have a wonderful opportunity.
“It’s the most important thing for a footballer, his touch, was poor.
“He’s playing in a different position than he was in the first game.
“His speed endurance is a little bit better but he still looked tired after 15-20 minutes. He just looks a little bit sharper, not a great deal to be honest.
“There’s a slight improvement but not very much.”