Sign him up! Sprint legend Bolt steals the show with TWO GOALS in latest trial match as he starts up front with Aston Villa reject Ross McCormack in maverick partnership
Aiming to impress in his latest trial appearance, the Jamaican sprint king did his chances no harm as the A-League side roared to a 4-0 pre-season victory over Macarthur South West United in Sydney.
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.
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 ever goal
Soon after notching his first, Bolt grabbed a second courtesy of a defensive mixup
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 as during the 4-0 win over Macarthur South West United
He was fast out of the blocks to race past the last defender and onto a through ball, shake him off and then 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, although in slightly more fortuitous circumstances. A defensive mixup 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 former Aston Villa hitman Ross McCormack, in perhaps the most maverick strike partnership of all time.
Bolt showed the last defender a clean set of heels to race through on goal for his first strike
Bolt muscled his opponent off of the ball an then unleashed a powerful low strike on his left
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
The former Scottish international broke the deadlock with a header seven minutes in before Jordan Murray doubled their advantage on the stroke of half-time.
Bolt managed 75 minutes before being replaced as the Mariners coasted towards victory. He managed to complete as many passes in the course of the game, as score goals.
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.’
Usain Bolt battles for possession against Sebastian Malfara during a 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
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 status with the team.
The Mariners begin the A-League regular season on October 21 in Brisbane against the Roar.
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.
‘I had options, but I chose to come here, speaking to [Mike Mulvey], he was quality and I jumped at the chance.’
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 blades last year, calling an end to a glittering athletics career that included eight Olympic gold medals.
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 is making his first start for the Central Coast Mariners on Friday
Bolt is making his third appearance for the A-League outfit during his trial period
Bolt arrives at the Campbelltown Stadium ahead of facing Macarthur South West United