Sprint legend Usain Bolt scores TWO GOALS in football trial match

Sign him up! Sprint legend Usain Bolt steals the show with TWO GOALS in latest trial match as he bids to land contract with Aussie side

  • Usain Bolt scored twice on his full debut for Central Coast Mariners
  • Jamaican sprint king has done his football dream no harm in 4-0 win
  • The 32-year-old was quick out of the blocks to fire home his opening goal
  • He then profited from a defensive mix-up to add his second of the game 

Usain Bolt scored the first two goals of his professional football career on his full debut for Central Coast Mariners on Friday.

Aiming to impress in his latest trial appearance, the 32-year-old Jamaican sprint king did his chances of a long-term contract no harm as the A-League side roared to a 4-0 pre-season victory over Macarthur South West United in Sydney.

After the game he reflected on his social media accounts, ‘Dreams become Reality through hard work’, as his burgeoning football career finally took off. 

Usain Bolt celebrates after finding the back of the net for the Central Coast Mariners

Bolt unleashes his iconic Lightning Bolt celebration after scoring his first goal

Soon after notching his first, Bolt grabbed a second courtesy of a defensive mix-up

There was more than a hint of fortune about the second goal, but he enjoyed it all the same

Bolt is surrounded by team-mates during the 4-0 win over Macarthur South West United

Bolt showed all the hallmarks of his legendary sprint career when he found the back of the net for the first time, 10 minutes into the second half. 

He was fast out of the blocks to race past the last defender and onto a through ball, then shake off his opponent and fire low into the bottom corner with his left foot.

He wheeled away in celebration and even unleashed his iconic lightning bolt pose, a sight usually reserved for another gold medal on the track.

And it soon became two goals for Bolt, although in slightly more fortuitous circumstances. A defensive mix-up between defender and goalkeeper saw the ball spill loose, leaving Bolt with an empty net that even a part-timer couldn’t miss.

He had started alongside on-loan Aston Villa striker Ross McCormack, in perhaps the most unlikely strike partnership of all time.


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Bolt showed the last defender a clean set of heels to race through on goal for his first strike

Bolt muscled his opponent off the ball and then unleashed a powerful low strike on his left foot

There was more than a hint of fortune about Bolt’s second goal during Friday’s vicory

A mix-up in defence left the 32-year-old with an empty net that he was never going to miss

Despite the fortuitous nature of the goal it did not stop Bolt celebrating in style

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The former Scottish international broke the deadlock with a header after seven minutes before Jordan Murray doubled their advantage on the stroke of half-time.

WHAT NEXT FOR BOLT? 

Jamaica national call up? 9/1

International goal by 1st Jan 2021? 20/1

Transfer to a first division within UEFA? 50/1

Jamaica qualify for 2022 and Bolt makes squad? 33/1

Jamaica qualify for 2022 World Cup and Bolt scores in a WC Finals match 100/1

Odds from Betway 

Bolt managed 75 minutes before being replaced as the Mariners coasted towards victory. He managed to complete just two passes in the course of the game, but that is the same number of goals he scored too.

He signed autographs on the touchline after he was taken off as the game fizzled out, ending in a comfortable win for the Mariners.

Bolt said after the game: ‘My first start and scoring two goals, it’s a good feeling. I’m happy I could come here and show the world I’m improving.

‘I’m keen to be a Mariner, to play my best and get into the team.’

He tweeted after the game: ‘Dreams become Reality through hard work.’

Fellow goalscorer McCormack added: ‘The best thing about Usain Bolt is he’s so humble. He’s fitted in well with the lads. From my first day even to where he is now, the transformation is huge.

Usain Bolt battles for possession against Sebastian Malfara during the pre-season friendly

Bolt takes a shot at goal as he tries to get his name on the scoresheet during the game

Bolt rues a missed opportunity during the early stages of Friday’s game in Sydney

Bolt lies crumpled on the ground nursing his leg as the referee checks up on him

Bolt shouts for the ball from a team-mate as he looks to make an impression

The Jamaican couldn’t find the target in the first half but his side took a two-goal lead

Ross McCormack celebrates after giving Mariners an early lead in Friday’s game

‘I had options, but I chose to come here, speaking to [head coach Mike Mulvey], he was quality and I jumped at the chance.’

BOLT ON TRIAL 

Friday’s match in Sydney was the third of Bolt’s trial spell with the Central Coast Mariners.

It was his first start, and the Jamaican admitted this week it would be make-or-break for his football dream.

‘This is going to be a big game. 

‘I think it will determine if the club makes up its mind on what to do with my career,’ Bolt said.

He’s certainly done his chances no harm. 

In late September, coach Mike Mulvey said he could wait until January before making a final decision on Bolt’s future.

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

Bolt was making his third appearance Down Under, having managed 20 minutes against a Central Coast invitational side in August and the second half against the North Shore Mariners last month.

Bolt packed in his running shoes last year, calling an end to a glittering athletics career that included eight Olympic gold medals.

With the start of the new A-League season just nine days away, Bolt has done his chances of earning a pro deal the world of good.

The Mariners begin their campaign in Brisbane against the Roar on October 21.

Late last month coach Mulvey admitted he could wait until January before making a final decision on Bolt’s future.

He had fans in raptures on Twitter, with some calling for EA Sports to update his stats on the latest edition of FIFA.

@CKDunn asked, ‘@EASPORTSFIFA how long until I can have 99 pace 99 physical Bolt in my team?!?’

@JayJaySmith92 added: ‘ shouldn’t @usainbolt have a card on ultimate team he’s scoring’.

The Jamaican sprint king made his first start for the Central Coast Mariners on Friday

Bolt made his third appearance in total for the A-League outfit during his trial period

Bolt arrives at the Campbelltown Stadium ahead of facing Macarthur South West United

Bolt said ‘dreams become reality through hard work’ on social media after the game


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