Usain Bolt scores twice on first start for Australia's Central Coast Mariners

Bolt has made it onto the field in two previous pre-season matches

Bolt has made it onto the field in two previous pre-season matches. Soccer Bolt scores for Mariners — twice

Usain Bolt has scored two goals on his first start for Australian professional side Central Coast Mariners.

Bolt emphasised how important the fixture would be in his quest to earn a contract prior to the game and responded with a second-half brace - although neither of the goals were classics.

He scored his first in the 57th minute, putting Central Coast 3-0 up with a powerful left-footed finish.

If the keeper was disappointed to let in Bolt's first strike, the second goal was embarrassing for him and his centre-back.

The first goal, which is below, saw Bolt take a touch, run a bit and hit a low, crawling shot towards the goalkeeper, who somehow dove slower than the ball was moving and conceded.

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

Again sporting the No 95 shirt - a reference to his world record time over 100m - and playing up front, Bolt started a match for the first time, following on from his 20-minute cameo off the bench for the Mariners over a month ago.

A glorious opportunity came and went for Bolt just before the interval as he headed wide from Oar's searching cross, with Murray showing him how it should be done soon after.

'I'm keen to be a Mariner, to play my best and get into the team'.

It's hard to know whether any of this will convince the Mariners to now sign Bolt up, or continue to play him in a series of meaningless trial matches while they rack up thousands of views and unprecedented publicity.

Usain Bolt wants to be a footballer more than anything in the world. Something the players who have helped Australia play in recent World Cups might disagree with.

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