Western Sydney Wanderers kept their faint finals aspirations alive with a 3-0 win over Melbourne City last night at ANZ Stadium.
A brace for Spanish striker Oriol Riera either side of a Mitchell Duke strike ensured the Wanderers will be playing for more than just pride for another week as their chances of finishing in the top six remain a mathematical possibility.
Missing a handful of first-team players, Western Sydney’s convincing win raised serious questions over Melbourne City’s title credentials, exposing flaws in their backline while keeping their attack toothless over the course of the 90 minutes.
However pleasing the win, the Wanderers still have a mountain to climb to reach the finals. The gap to sixth-placed Adelaide is eight points, though the Reds have a game in hand. More immediately satisfying for Western Sydney was their ability to overcome a disjointed start to clinch a massive upset over City, who were rudderless in attack without centre-forward Jamie Maclaren, who was rested after suffering a concussion.