Perth hit Newcastle for four; Smeltz hits trips for the Gold Coast

Perth Glory 4 – Newcastle Jets 0 (A-League, December 26, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Two goals to Jamie Harnwell, and one each to Naum Sekulovski and Mile Sterjovski saw the Glory win their first game since their November 22 home victory over Sydney FC.

Gold Coast United 5 – Brisbane Roar 1 (A-League, December 26, 2009) A-League leading scorer Shane Smeltz hit a hat-trick as third-placed Gold Coast United recorded a comprehensive victory over Brisbane Roar to keep pace with leaders Melbourne Victory and Sydney. Defender Kristian Rees also scored twice as Gold Coast recovered from Matt McKay’s early opener for Brisbane to record a third win in four games.

Sydney FC 1 – Central Coast Mariners 0 (A-League, December 23, 2009) Alex Brosque, called up for  Socceroo duty next week, capped off a superb first half from the home side with a fine finish in the 34th minute, his sixth goal of the A-League campaign.