Berisha hat-trick sinks Wanderers

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A clinical Melbourne Victory have defeated a wasteful Western Sydney Wanderers 3-0 at ANZ Stadium, aided by a three goal haul to Besart Berisha.

Looking for their first home win of the season, the Wanderers started strongly with Brendon Santalab shooting wide after two minutes.

The starting striker for Western Sydney was amongst the action early earning himself a yellow card on eight minutes for a studs up challenge.

On top after ten minutes, the red and black went within millimetres of opening the scoring when Jack Clisby struck an effort off the post with the ball fizzing back along the goal line.

Slow to find their feet, the Victory’s first real effort of merit came from Fahid Ben Khalfallah who forced Andrew Redmayne to tap the ball over the Wanderers crossbar.

Against the run of play Melbourne would find themselves ahead on 32 minutes with Besart Berisha applying the finishing touch after Redmayne could only parry a long range shot from Maximilain Beister into the striker’s path.

Unlucky to find themselves behind, Western Sydney almost issued an immediate response when captain Dimas put an effort just over the crossbar.

Leading up to half-time, Santalab couldn’t capitalise on two great chances as he headed straight at Lawrence Thomas before skying an effort from close range to hand Victory a 1-0 lead the break.

Both teams resumed the second 45 minutes on the attack with superb link up play at each end failing to pay dividends initially.

Victory would eventually double their lead on 66 minutes with Berisha again the scorer as he thumped a header past Redmayne following a precise Jai Ingham cross.

Looking lively since coming on, Ingham almost put Victory 3-0 up when he forced a fine save from Redmayne after 73 minutes but was lucky to only be handed a yellow card after what appeared to be a stomp on Jonathan Aspropotamitis moments later.

Desperate for a goal, the Wanderers were somehow denied in the 81st minute with Mitch Nichols unable to score from metres out after Clisby had his shot parried by Thomas.

Victory on the other hand were more than capable of taking their chances with Berisha sealing his hat-trick and the win in the 82nd minute with an emphatic finish after a headed pass from Jason Geria.

The Wanderers were made to pay for an inability to finish with Victory repeating their 3-0 win from earlier in the season.

Western Sydney Wanderers 0
Melbourne Victory 3 (Berisha 32’ 66’ 82’)

Stadium: ANZ Stadium
Crowd: 16,231

Referee: Chris Beath
Assistant Referees: Ashley Beecham and Allyson Flynn
Fourth Official: Kris Griffith-Jones

Western Sydney Wanderers: 20. REDMAYNE Andrew, 3. CLISBY Jack, 6. NICHOLS Mitchell, 8. DIMAS (Yellow Card 57’), 10. MARTINEZ Nicolas, 11. SANTALAB Brendon (Yellow Card 8’, 23. SCOTT Lachlan 72’), 12. NEVILLE Scott (Yellow Card 70’), 13. PINATARES Bruno (15. BACCUS Kearyn 59’), 14. KUSUKAMI Jumpei (16. SOTIRIO Jaushua 74’), 17. BORDA Aritz, 22. ASPROPOTAMITIS Jonathan
Substitutes: 5. HAMILL Brendan, 15. BACCUS Kearyn, 16. SOTIRIO Jaushua, 23. SCOTT Lachlan, 40. SUMAN Nicholas 

Melbourne Victory: 20. THOMAS Lawrence, 2. GERIA Jason, 6. BROXHAM Leigh (Yellow Card 59’, 8. BERISHA Besart, 9. BEISTER Maximilian (23. INGHAM Jai 60’, Yellow Card 76’), 10. TROISI James, 13. BOZANIC Oliver, 14. KHALFALLAH Fahid Ben,15. BARO Alan, 17. DONACHIE James, 21. VALERI Carl
Substitutes: 4. ANSELL Nicholas, 5. GEORGIEVSKI Daniel, 16. MAHAZI Rashid, 23. INGHAM Jai, 40. ACTON Matthew

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