Published: Sat, October 13, 2018
Sport | By Matt Richards

Bolt's brace gives Central Coast Mariners 4-0 win

Bolt's brace gives Central Coast Mariners 4-0 win

"Scoring a goal in your first proper match is a big deal".

"My first start and scoring two goals, it's a good feeling".

And Bolt could not miss from the five-yard box.

He came close in the 39th minute when he had his best moment of the first half.

To be fair to Bolt, his opener was a great finish. "I think my running off the ball is where I've improved most".

And, esteemed readers, you'll be delighted to hear that Usain St Leo Bolt repaid his manager's faith in him by scoring not only once, but twice in this game, as he made utter mincemeat out of the Macarthur defence.

When Bolt came from the field in the 75th minute, fans booed the decision.

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Midway through the half another chance presented itself to Bolt, who lost possession in the area only for the ricochet to send the ball right back to him. The Mariners would go on to win the game 4-0.

Although running in a straight line is what he's known for, it's a much more hard task with a football at your feet. I think my touch is that little bit better; my vision needs to improve a little bit more.

"There's a slight improvement but not very much".

McCormack, on loan from Aston Villa, headed in the Mariners' first goal in the eighth minute.

"He (Bolt) has massive belief for a guy coming from a different sport to wanting to make it in football".

But Bolt appeared more hungry after half-time and it paid off. His long-time dream has been to play for Manchester United.

His fitness has certainly improved, and in time he may well be the fittest and fastest player Down Under, yet what is missing are the innate skills and awareness that all footballers have by this stage of their careers.

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After Friday's game Bolt said that he hoped to sit down with Mariners' management to sort out his future. I'm here to prove to the world that I can be a footballer and I can push myself and see how far I can go.

The Mariners begin the A-League regular season on October 21 in Brisbane against the Roar.

Bolt retired from the athletics track following the 2017 world championships in London, where he pulled up with a hamstring injury.

As the hour approaches, a ball is played behind the home team's defence.

"There's a few first-team boys in the team for Friday. I've just got to continue learning and getting better".

Mielekamp was also quick to heap praise on his staff, saying: "I want to give a huge amount of credit to Mike Mulvey, to Nick Montgomery, Ray Junna and everyone who put in the extra bits to get him to this stage".

With the Mariners 2-0 ahead, and after previously sending a header wide of the post, Bolt netted his first goal, peeling away from a defender and firing beneath the goalkeeper. He played the entire second half against the North Shore Mariners on September 19, when he again alternated between left wing and striker.

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