Thunder-Bolt strikes twice for Mariners

Late bloomer Bolt finally hits his stride

"I think my movements and my touch [have improved]".

And, esteemed readers, you'll be delighted to hear that Usain St Leo Bolt repaid his manager's faith in him by scoring not only once, but twice in this game, as he made utter mincemeat out of the Macarthur defence.

Bolt then found out what can happen in the heat of battle, rolling on the ground after a challenge caught him in a sensitive area.

Macarthur's goalkeeper Ezequiel Consoni clashed with his defender while collecting a high ball. Friday's match was Central Coast's final friendly of the season.

"I watch football, so I understand the movement, but the simple things like locking my ankles, getting into space, pulling defenders away ... He just looks a little bit sharper, not a great deal to be honest". "Any kid could learn from his attitude and his belief".

But Bolt appeared more hungry after half-time and it paid off.

Olympic Champion and World Record holder Usain Bolt almost scored a hat-trick on his Central Coast Mariners debut start against Campbelltown. His long-time dream has been to play for Manchester United.

"This is going to be a big game".

"The coach said to me, "Listen, you'll get chances, you'll miss some, you'll score some".

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 October 21 against the Brisbane Roar.

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Bolt joined the A-League club in August for an "indefinite training period".

Manager Mike Mulvey had indicated Bolt would have at least 70 minutes to prove his worth and just short of the hour mark the Jamaican finally gave the fans something to cheer about. "He's playing in a different position than he was in the first game".

"There's a few first-team boys in the team for Friday".

"It should be much better and I have more time because I'm fitter now so I have more time on the field so that's good". He added: "I'm just excited to take it step by step and move forward".

The 32-year-old doubled his tally with a simple 69th minute tap-in and was substituted six minutes later, having boosted his hopes of earning a prolonged stay with the Mariners.

"I'm taking it one step at a time".

"Until I sign, I am not saying that", he said after the match.

During the press conference on Friday, Bolt said the Mariners had not yet indicated whether he had secured a spot on the team.

Usain Bolt: Can he make it as a footballer? I've learned a lot.

Bolt is aspiring to achieve a contract with the club ahead of the 2018/19 season and, prior to the match, he spoke about how crucial his performance will be to the club's decision on his future.

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