Nuts and Bolt! Sprint legend grabs brace after painful kick


Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt scored two goals in his first start for the Central Coast Mariners in a trial match on Friday that he hopes could pave the way for a professional contract as a soccer player.

The goal was marked in a style only he could muster - by striking the famous "lightning bolt" pose usually reserved for track victories.

"Playing my first game as a starter and scoring twice is an incredible feeling", the eight-time Olympic medal victor said.

After the match, Bolt was elated having scored twice to prove himself and felt he was happy to have scored in his first start for the club.

He left the game with the Mariners leading 4-0, which was the final score, and spent the remaining time on the sideline signing autographs for hundreds of fans at Campbelltown Stadium in western Sydney.

It was the first game Bolt has started since joining the A-League club in August for an indefinite trial.

Bolt doubled his tally minutes after the first strike by tapping in from close range following a mixup between a Macarthur defender and the goalkeeper.

Usain Bolt celebrates with Jordan Murray after scoring his second goal
Usain Bolt celebrates with Jordan Murray after scoring his second goal

He did well to a control chipped ball played by Scotland striker Ross McCormack and held off the Macarthur defender. "I'm keen to be a Mariner, and get into the team".

With the Mariners' league season beginning a week on Sunday against Brisbane Roar, it remains to be seen if Bolt will be offered a permanent deal ahead of the competitive fixtures beginning.

"He is very humble", he said of Bolt.

In the 69th minute, a defensive mix up from the home side presented Bolt with a second and all he had to do this time was simply tap the ball into the net for his brace.

"I think I made some slight mistakes but it's my first real game with the first team".

"It's the most important thing for a footballer is his touch".

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