Ex-Blue­bird helps sprint star Bolt to a dream dou­ble

South Wales Echo - - Sport -

AS Usain Bolt was pow­er­ing his way to a world record 100m Olympic gold ten years ago, Ross McCor­mack had just net­ted his first goal for Cardiff City in a 1-1 draw at Don­caster.

As the Scot­tish striker cel­e­brated res­cu­ing a point for his side at the Keep­moat, he surely wouldn’t have ever imag­ined in a mil­lion years that he would cross paths with the leg­endary Olympian.

Now, in­cred­i­bly, both men have just lined up in the same team – and got on the score­sheet.

Bolt is cur­rently on an ‘in­def­i­nite’ trial with Aus­tralian side Cen­tral Coast Mariners, and took a mas­sive step towards ful­fill­ing his dream of earn­ing a pro­fes­sional con­tract by net­ting twice in a pre-sea­son friendly with am­a­teur side Macarthur South West United.

There was pre­dictably plenty of fan­fare over a first ever start for the Ja­maican at Camp­bell­town Sta­dium, but it was former Blue­bird McCor­mack who opened the scor­ing with a tidy header on eight min­utes.

Jor­dan Mur­ray then dou­bled the lead just be­fore the break, be­fore McCor­mack turned provider on 55 min­utes, teeing up Bolt with a won­der­ful through ball over the top of the de­fence, with the eight-time Olympian on hand to ap­ply a com­posed fin­ish.

Bolt, wear­ing 95 as a nod to his 100m world record time of 9.58 sec­onds, saw the night get even bet­ter around 10 min­utes later, cap­i­tal­is­ing on a de­fen­sive mix-up to tap home into an empty net.

He was re­placed 15 min­utes from time to a stand­ing ovation, and said af­ter­wards: “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.”

A Bolt-McCor­mack part­ner­ship could well be a pos­si­bil­ity in the very near fu­ture.

The Scot­tish for­ward left As­ton Villa for Aus­tralia last month on a sea­son-long loan.

The 32-year-old for­ward, who cost Villa £12m from Ful­ham in 2016, hasn’t played for the club in 18 months fol­low­ing a pub­lic fall­ing out with former man­ager Steve Bruce.

He was a Cardiff City favourite be­tween 2008 and 2010, scor­ing 25 goals for the club.

Usain Bolt cel­e­brates the first of his two goals

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