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A-League: Gold Coast move back on top

Gold Coast United moved back to the top of the A-League with a 2-1 win over Perth Glory at Skilled Park.

The hosts took the lead when Jason Culina's free-kick deflected off defender Scott Neville and into the net in the 13th minute.

Todd Howarth equalised 10 minutes into the second half when he latched onto a pass from Victor Sikora before sending an effort beyond the goalkeeper.

But A-League top-scorer Shane Smeltz restored the advantage for Gold Coast just a minute later when Glory's Jamie Coyne and Neville collided while going for the ball and Joel Porter reacted to send a pass for Smeltz to smash home his 10th of the season.

The win means Gold Coast are top with 20 points, one ahead of Sydney FC. Elsewhere, Carlos Hernandez inspired Melbourne Victory to a 3-1 win over Newcastle Jets at EnergyAustralia Stadium.

After Labinot Haliti had deservedly put the Jets ahead in the 22nd minute, Hernandez sent a fine pass for Archie Thompson to snatch the equaliser shortly after the hour mark when the Socceroo international lobbed goalkeeper Ben Kennedy.

Victory went ahead in the 80th minute when Hernandez's vicious drive from 30 yards forced Kennedy to tip the ball against the crossbar and Tom Pondeljak was on hand to slot home the rebound.

Hernandez then completed the scoring four minutes later when the Costa Rican broke into the area before hitting a shot between the legs of Kennedy.

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