Usain Bolt scores twice in first A-League trial start

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Sports -

USAIN Bolt scored twice in his first start for the Cen­tral Coast Mariners in an A-League trial match on Fri­day be­fore be­ing sub­sti­tuted with about 15 min­utes re­main­ing. The re­tired eight-time Olympic gold medal­ist sprinter is try­ing to se­cure a place with the Mariners for this sea­son, which be­gins for the Mariners on Oct. 21 against the Bris­bane Roar.

“My first start and scor­ing two goals, it’s a good feel­ing,” Bolt told Fox Sports tele­vi­sion. “I’m happy I could come here and show the world I’m im­prov­ing. I’m keen to be a Mariner, and get into the team.”

Bolt said he hoped to sit down with the Cen­tral Coast coach­ing staff next week to dis­cuss his fu­ture with the team. Bolt was in the start­ing lineup against a sec­ond-tier Na­tional Premier League com­bined team rep­re­sent­ing Syd­ney’s south­west re­gion. Play­ing in a cen­tral strik­ing role, Bolt strug­gled for touch early in the match but flour­ished af­ter half­time.

He showed good strength to hold off a de­fender and race onto a through-ball be­fore beat­ing the goal­keeper at the near post with a strong left-foot shot in the 55th minute. In cel­e­bra­tion, he gave his trade­mark Light­ning Bolt to the crowd. Just over 10 min­utes later, he cap­i­tal­ized on a de­fen­sive mix-up to pick up a loose ball and tap in from a few me­ters out. Bolt had six shots over­all be­fore be­ing sub­sti­tuted.

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. Bolt wore No. 95 on his jer­sey, in ref­er­ence to his 100-me­ter world record of 9.58 sec­onds he set in Ber­lin in at the 2009 world cham­pi­onships.

The 32-year-old Bolt, who holds the 100- and 200-me­ter world records, saw his first ac­tion for the Mariners on Aug. 31, play­ing 20 min­utes against a Cen­tral Coast in­vi­ta­tional side. He played the en­tire sec­ond half against the North Shore Mariners on Sept. 19, when he al­ter­nated be­tween left wing and for­ward. It’s Bolt’s first se­ri­ous foray into foot­ball since re­tir­ing from ath­let­ics last year. He has trained with teams in Nor­way, South Africa and Ja­maica, and had a much­pub­li­cized train­ing stint with Bun­desliga side Borus­sia Dort­mund in March.

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