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

Sprint Legend Bolt Hits First Goals In Football Bid Surge Zirc It was Bolt’s first start since joining the A League club in August for an indefinite trial
Cassandra Castillo | 12 October, 2018, 14:02

Sprint legend Usain Bolt scored his first goals in professional football Friday after starting up front in a pre-season game for Australia's Central Coast Mariners.

The retired sprinter is trying to launch a football career down under, after hanging his spikes up a year ago having won eight Olympic gold medals.

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

Bolt is a Manchester United, and while things are not going well for the Premier League club now, they aren't quite bad enough to justify handing him a contract, or even a trial.

In attempting to play the ball back to a team-mate, Bolt got a fortuitous deflection off an opponent and quickly latched onto the loose ball inside the area, only to see his shot blocked.

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The decision to withdraw him with 15 minutes remaining - with the prospect of a hat-trick tantalisingly close - was met with predictable boos and he departed to a standing ovation.

'I'm happy I could come here and show the world I'm improving.

'My first start and scoring two goals, it's a good feeling, ' Bolt said after he was substituted in the 75th minute.

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.

After plenty of hype before the game, they labelled it "one of the most memorable games in Australian football history".

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