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Gold Coast's Smeltz shoots clear in race for Golden Boot

Gold Coast United striker Shane Smeltz kicked further clear of the rest of the pack on the A-League goalscoring chart by netting a double on the weekend. The New Zealand international scored both of Gold Coast's goals in their 3-2 loss to the Newcastle Jets on Sunday - one from the penalty spot and one a crafty tap-in - to go to 14 for the season and grab a five-goal lead over North Queensland Fury's Robbie Fowler.

Of the other top few scorers, only Melbourne Victory midfielder Carlos Hernandez added to his tally when he scored the opener in the reigning champions 3-0 away win over the Central Coast Mariners.

2009/10 A-League leading goalscorers - Round 18 14 Shane Smeltz (Gold Coast United) 9 Robbie Fowler (North Queensland Fury) 8 Archie Thompson (Melbourne Victory) 8 Sergio van Dijk (Brisbane Roar) 7 Carlos Hernandez (Melbourne Victory) 6 Mark Bridge (Sydney FC) 6 Matt Simon (Central Coast Mariners) 6 Paul Ifill (Wellington Phoenix)

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