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New Messi? Usain Bolt scores two goals for Central Coast Mariners in trial game

  • Usain Bolt scores two goals for Central Coast Mariners
    Playing in a central striking role, he scored his first in the 55th minute to put Central Coast 3-0 up with a powerful left-footed finish after racing onto a Ross McCormack through-ball. And his second goal came in the 68th minute when he capitalised on a defensive error to tap home from close range. Usain Bolt scores two goals for Central Coast Mariners
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Usain Bolt has marked his first start for A-League side Central Coast Mariners with two goals against Macarthur South West in a preseason friendly.

Bolt, the 100 metres world record holder and eight-time Olympic gold medal winner, joined Central Coast on trial in August in a bid to win a contract.

Playing in a central striking role, he scored his first in the 55th minute to put Central Coast 3-0 up with a powerful left-footed finish after racing onto a Ross McCormack through-ball. And his second goal came in the 68th minute when he capitalised on a defensive error to tap home from close range.

Bolt had a number of other chances before being substituted in the 75th minute, but struggled early in the game to maintain possession.

"My first start and scoring two goals, it's a good feeling," Bolt told Fox Sports after the game. "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."

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."