Former all-conquering sprinter Usain Bolt has scored his first goal for the Central Coast Mariners in Australia in a notable moment of cross-sporting achievement.
The 33-year-old Jamaican, who retired from athletics in 2017, has been keen to pursue what had been a leisure pursuit since his first sporting life ended, having trials with Germany’s Borussia Dortmund, Strømsgodset of Norway and, more lately, Central Coast Mariners of Australia’s A-League.
But the Jamaican has crossed a point that most of us never will in our lives, scoring a goal for a professional footballing outfit.
Playing in a trial match for his new side at Campbelltown Stadium in New South Wales, the global star had already missed a few chances as the game moved into its second half.
But when unleashed in behind with a clever chipped ball he showed pace – surprise there – and strength to find space and rifle a shot past the opposition goalkeeper.
Now, it must be said that he was aided by some genuinely horrific goalkeeping form the man in the Macarthur south-west nets but, far be it from us to play the naysayers, well done to the big man, a cracking achievement.
The defences of the A-League will surely be doing their shuttle sprints in preparation for handling him in the upcoming season should he cut the mustard!
Incredibly, ex-Aston Villa forward Ross McCormack started the game up front alongside him, in a pairing that belongs more in some sort of beer matt fantasy XI than in real life. He managed to notch himself a goal too, though, so it may just be a case of ‘if it ain’t broke…’ for the Mariners!
BOLT HAS HIS BRACE! ⚡️
— Central Coast Mariners (@CCMariners) October 12, 2018