James Troisi had a hand in four goals as Western Sydney Wanderers thrashed Western United 5-0 in the A-League on Saturday.
The Australia international opened the scoring with a thumping strike into the top corner and added two assists as well as forcing an own goal from Western United substitute Dylan Pierias.
Troisi created goals for Ziggy Gordon and Bruce Kamau either side of half-time before Pierias’ own goal and a last-minute effort from Bernie Ibini rounded out the scoring.
The result puts Western Sydney up to sixth in the table, just one point off second place in a tightly packed group of sides pursuing spots in the Finals.
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Defending champions Sydney FC are the side sitting at the front of that pack in second position after they struggled to a 1-1 draw away at bottom club Newcastle Jets.
A penalty from Roy O’Donovan after 59 minutes gave Jets hope of a famous victory.
But they were denied by a bizarre own goal 14 minutes from time as an attempted clearance from Connor O’Toole struck the chest of Nigel Boogaard and bounced in.
Valentino Yuel missed a big late chance to recapture the lead, the result meaning Newcastle have gone 12 matches without a victory and are a point behind Melbourne Victory.
Sydney, who only got four of their 19 attempts on target, have won just one of their last six matches in the competition.
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