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A-League wrap: Wanderers crush Reds, Roar beaten

By Football News



Western Sydney Wanderers have crushed a hapless Adelaide United 6-1 at Parramatta Stadium in the A-League on Friday.

Known for their trouble in front of goal in the opening three months of the season, the Wanderers answered their critics with a clinical performance to run riot in front of just over 9000 fans.

On his return to the side after two weeks out with a hamstring injury, Mark Bridge scored a brilliant hat-trick inside the hour mark on what was a landmark occasion for the new club.

Former Japanese international Shinji Ono, embattled striker Dino Kresinger and substitute Joey Gibbs were also on the scoresheet, with Dario Vidosic's goal a mere consolation for the visitors.

It was a night of milestones for the Wanderers - the result was the club's biggest ever win, it was the first time they have won three matches in a row and the only time they have scored more than twice in a match.

While Bridge will get most of the plaudits for his goals, midfielder Mateo Poljak had his best game for the club in central midfield while winger Youssouf Hersi had three assists.

There was nothing for Adelaide coach John Kosmina to be happy about as his side fell to one of the heaviest defeats in their history.

Only last season's 7-1 thrashing against Brisbane and the 6-0 grand final defeat to Melbourne Victory in season two was worse than Friday's demolition.

Meanwhile, Mike Mulvey's tenure as Brisbane Roar coach got off to a losing start as Perth Glory downed his side 1-0 in an unspectacular affair at Suncorp Stadium.

Steven McGarry's long-range goal, which lit up a quiet first half on 44 minutes, was enough to seal the clash for the Glory.