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Published May 08, 2021 at 13:03:10

Troisi stars as Wanderers batter Western United 5-0 at Bankwest Stadium

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Western Sydney Wanderers reignited its push for a Finals Series spot with a momentum-building 5-0 win over Western United at Bankwest Stadium on Saturday night.

Wanderers midfielder James Troisi played his part in four of his side’s five goals as the Red and Black sliced United apart with two first-half strikes and a further three in the second 45.

Troisi got the ball rolling with a wicked left-footed strike which beat United ‘keeper Ryan Scott on its way into the top-left corner in the 19th minute, before defender Ziggy Gordon made it 2-0 before half-time, arriving at the front post to send a Troisi corner off the deck and over Scott to find the back of the net.

Bruce Kamau got amongst the goals after the break, scoring with ease after being left all alone in the box to brush Troisi’s cross off the left flank home. Soon after the Wanderers made it four, after United substitute Dylan Pierias sent a venomous Troisi ball off the left flank into his own net.

The home side played with style and tenacity, adding a clinical touch to finish the bulk of its genuine chances. With the final result well and truly put to bed, Bernie Ibini emerged off the bench to score his side’s fifth heading into added time to cap off the impressive win in Wanderland.

The result sends Western Sydney back into the top six, with just one point separating Carl Robinson’s side from Sydney FC in second spot on the A-League table.