Gold Coast United striker Shane Smeltz is now three clear of the pack in the race for the A-League’s Golden Boot.
The New Zealand international took his season tally to 12 when he netted an equaliser against the Central Coast Mariners on Saturday night which made the gap between he and second-placed Robbie Fowler of North Queensland Fury three goals.
Smeltz’s goal enabled Gold Coast to level the score before netting a late winner that saw them jump back to third on the table, replacing the Mariners in that position.
2009 A-League goalscoring list – Round 17
12 Shane Smeltz (Gold Coast United)
9 Robbie Fowler (North Queensland Fury)
8 Archie Thompson (Melbourne Victory)
8 Sergio van Dijk (Brisbane Roar)
6 Carlos Hernandez (Melbourne Victory)
6 Mark Bridge (Sydney FC)
6 Matt Simon (Central Coast Mariners)
6 Paul Ifill (Wellington Phoenix)
5 Alex Brosque (Sydney FC)
5 Branko Jelic (Perth Glory)
5 Chris Greenacre (Wellington Phoenix)
5 John Aloisi (Sydney FC)
5 Tim Brown (Wellington Phoenix)