Six-goal haul for Robbie Shields

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Wollongong United's Robbie Shields.

Wollongong United's Robbie Shields.

Robbie Shields has long held a mortgage on this year's golden boot crown, but his weekend efforts were a record even by his high standards.

The defending George Naylor Medallist scored six goals in Wollongong United's 10-1 rout of Cringila Lions on Sunday - by the far the biggest haul by a club and player this season.

It took Shields's haul to 27 regular-season goals and was a personal best for the former Leeds United youth player.

"It was just one of those games where we hit top form and everything goes in," Shields said.

"You very rarely see a result 10-1 but we played well and stuck to an attacking game plan."

The six-goal feast all but secures Shields the golden boot this campaign.

He said that while the golden boot was never an aim, he had always hoped to increase his presence on the scoresheet in 2014.

"I didn't score as many goals as I would have liked last year because I played a lot deeper. I worked on it a lot in pre-season to get my strikes on target a little quicker. Thankfully it has paid off," Shields said.

"You don't get the goals unless the guys around you give the assists for you. I am lucky to have a lot of good players around this season who get the ball in the box nice and early."

Shields's stellar form should hold him in good stead to go close to defending his George Naylor Medal title for player of the season.

But the diminutive frontman has other targets in mind.

"Personal-wise it is great but I would obviously rather us go on to do something in a grand final," he said.

"It was a fabulous thing to win last year. To win it again this season would be unbelievable but all I can do is keep my head down and keep working hard for the team.

"Individual awards at the end of the season will just be a bonus."

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