SHANE Smeltz of Gold Coast United celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against Perth Glory at Skilled Park.
SHANE Smeltz of Gold Coast United celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against Perth Glory at Skilled Park.

GC united back on top

WHAT a week for Gold Coast United.

Fresh from a terrific 1-0 triumph over M1 rivals Brisbane a week ago, the Coast took its A-game to Perth Glory at Skilled Park on Sunday, and, after a tight tussle, a narrow 2-1 victory was enough to put United back on top of the A-League ladder.

Another impressive performance from the young guns has seen the youth squad register its biggest win of the season, thrashing Perth Glory Youth 4-0 at the Southport Tigers ground, to move into third spot on their table.

Shane Smeltz' 10th goal for the season 10 minutes into the second half may have been enough to decide the main A-League event, but coach Miron Bleiberg conceded it wasn't the perfect performance.

“It's the sign of a good team when you don't play well but still win,” he said.

“Perth played well and deserved a point, but am I crying about that? No.”

“We defended well and will come back into the form we know we can produce.

“To get this three points was important and it has put us back at the top, which is where we want to be.

“After just 11 rounds we have spent a lot of time at the top, so we're not doing too badly.”

United's second consecutive win was enough to send the club a point clear of Sydney and two points ahead of third-placed Melbourne.

Gold Coast travels to Wellington next weekend in search of another three points to consolidate its place at the top.

More impressive though was the youth squad, which dominated throughout its clash and created chance after chance against its western visitors.

Kingscliff's James Brown was a stand-out, pulling the midfield strings for United. It was his precise through-ball 13 minutes in that found the clever run of Golgol Mebrahtu who bagged the opening goal.

Brown was again involved in the second, using his quick feet to create space and deliver a pin-point cross to the danger area for Andrew Barisic to tap in at the 57th minute.

Constant movement and crisp passing was carving open the visitor's rearguard time after time, and it was no surprise when Ben Halloran extended Gold Coast's lead in the 74th minute, before Zac Anderson put the icing on the cake.



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