Lightning Bolt strikes twice in memorable Mariners clash

Silvia Morton
October 12, 2018

Central Coast are now preparing for the A-League season and Bolt was handed his first start for their friendly game with Macarthur South West United.

Bolt, 32, finished with his left foot after some slack marking on 55 minutes, celebrating with his trademark "Lightning Bolt" pose.

"Playing my first game as a starter and scoring twice is an incredible feeling", the eight-time Olympic medal victor said. I've tried to prove myself, I've tried to get better.

After the match, Bolt was elated having scored twice to prove himself and felt he was happy to have scored in his first start for the club.

With the Mariners 2-0 ahead, and after previously sending a header wide of the post, Bolt netted his first goal, peeling away from a defender and firing beneath the goalkeeper.

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

He converted with a neat left-footed finish and a tap-in during the second half after goals from Ross McCormack and Jordan Murray had put the visitors in control in Sydney.

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

Bolt followed up with his second of the game 11 minutes later when he capitalised on a defensive error...

Playing in a central striking role against A-League aspirants Macarthur South West United, Bolt battled in the first half, but flourished after the break before being substituted by the Mariners at the 75-minute mark.

While the Mariners have claimed it is not a publicity stunt and that Bolt could possibly earn a contract at the New South Wales club, their marketing of his appearance suggests otherwise.

"I think I made some slight mistakes but it's my first real game with the first team".

"He is a sportsman and he has a lot of abilities that are important to be successful in football, too".

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