A breathtaking Besart Berisha hat-trick spurred Melbourne Victory to a clinical 3-0 win over Western Sydney Wanderers at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium on Saturday night. In an open and entertaining game in front of just over 16,000 fans, Wanderers dominated the first half but their finishing lacked the clinical edge they showed last week in Gosford. However Berisha showed he’s back to his clinical best, making Wanderers keeper Andrew Redmayne pay for his error to give the visitors a first half lead. And the Albanian international was on target again after the break with two superb efforts to push the Big V to within a point of Melbourne City ahead of next Saturday night’s huge Melbourne Derby. For Berisha, he moved to the top of the goal-scoring charts with eight goals before the final two games of the round.
GOALS 0-1 Besart Berisha, Victory, 31’ The excellent Maxi Beister unleashed a left-footed long range curling drive that was parried by Wanderers keeper Andrew Redmayne straight into the path of an oncoming Berisha to slot home. 0-2 Besart Berisha, Victory, 65’ Sub Jai Ingham’s brilliant flat cross from the right found Berisha’s head and between two central defenders “Bes” powered home his team’s second as he went to the away fans to celebrate. 0-3 Besart Berisha, Victory, 82’ The hero of the night was put through and he out-muscled two defenders, keeping the ball brilliantly before curling home from inside the box past Redmayne. KEY MOMENT Just minutes after conceding the opening goal, Brendon Santalab had the goal at his mercy but his diving header went straight into the arms of Victory keeper Lawrence Thomas. It so easily could’ve been 1-1 and perhaps a different game. RE-LIVE THE GAME ON TWITTER @ALeague, @wswanderersfc, @gomvfc, #WSWvMVC