Western Sydney Wanderers defeated Western United 5-0 on Saturday night at Bankwest Stadium in Sydney.
Víctor Sánchez returned from suspension, joining Luke Duzel in midfield.
Ivan Vujica made his first start since February, while last week’s goalscorer Lachie Wales was promoted from the bench to the starting eleven.
The Wanderers deservedly took the lead in the 19th minute when James Troisi fired his shot into the top corner.
Minutes later, Troisi went inches from a quick-fire brace but was denied by a stunning one-handed save from United keeper Ryan Scott.
A second goal did follow shortly after as defender Ziggy Gordon’s touch at the near post deflected and looped over Scott’s head and into the back of the net.
United struggled to create chances in the first half, the best one coming via a Lachie Wales cross which forced a good save from Wanderers keeper Daniel Margush.
The momentum stuck with the home side early in the second half, and they almost added a third when Mitch Duke’s strike rattled the post.
The lead was eventually added to by Bruce Kamau, who found space on the edge of the six-yard box before finishing past Scott for his seventh goal of the season.
Western Sydney made it four midway through the second half via a Dylan Pierias own goal.
The introduction of Alessandro Diamanti provided some spark for the Green and Black in the attacking third but they still struggled to break down the Wanderers defence.
Sànchez went closest for United, driving into the box attempting to beat Margush at the near post. The Spaniard couldn’t hit the target, however.
There was more pain added for the visitors as the Wanderers scored a fifth in the dying stages through Bernie Ibini.
Western Sydney Wanderers 5 (Troisi 19', Gordon 36', Kamau 57', Pierias OG 66', Ibini 90')
Western United 0
Western United will travel to Western Australia to take on Perth Glory on Wednesday, 12 May at HBF Park. Kick-off is 9:20pm AEST.