Usain Bolt fires two goals in Australian league trial

Heather Diaz
October 12, 2018

After collecting McCormack's ball over the top, Bolt held off his man and drove a low shot in at the near post, celebrating with his trademark lightning bolt pose.

"Playing my first game as a starter and scoring twice is an incredible feeling", the eight-time Olympic medal victor said. "I'm happy I could come here and show the world I'm improving", Mail Online reported.

Bolt was also proud of the improvements he's made since he started training with the Mariners. "I'm keen to be a Mariner, to play my best and get into the team".

"The best thing about Usain Bolt is he's so humble", McCormack, who has 13 Scotland caps and is on loan from Aston Villa, said.

His second came in slightly more fortuitous circumstances as a defensive mixup between keeper and defender saw the ball fall to Bolt, who rolled the ball home into an empty net.

Bolt started for the Mariners against a second-tier National Premier League combined team representing Sydney's southwest region.

He scored the two goals in the second half for the club in a friendly.

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And a couple of months on, he's bagged a brace on his first start for the club - with the first goal a very tidy finish.

He retired from athletics in 2017 and has since said it would be a "dream" to play professional football.

While the Mariners have claimed it is not a publicity stunt and that Bolt could possibly earn a contract at the New South Wales club, their marketing of his appearance suggests otherwise.

The A-League season begins next weekend, with Central Coast away to Brisbane Roar on the Sunday.

Bolt saw his first action for the Mariners on August 31, playing 20 minutes against a Central Coast selection side.

It's hard to know whether any of this will convince the Mariners to now sign Bolt up, or continue to play him in a series of meaningless trial matches while they rack up thousands of views and unprecedented publicity.

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