Western Sydney Wanderers all but confirmed their finals berth with a 3-0 victory over Newcastle Jets at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday.
Defender Robbie Cornthwaite scored a brace with two towering headers, while Jaushua Sotirio scored in between, to give their side their third consecutive A-League win and see them jump to fifth on the ladder.
The deadlock was broken in the 40th minute after Cornthwaite scored his first goal since the return to the Hyundai A-League, netting a clinical header from a Nico Martinez cross.
The lead was doubled 2 minutes later after Jack Clisby hit a short ball to the right to Jumpei Kusukami, whose touch inside found an unmarked Sotirio whose volley was too powerful for keeper Jack Duncan to keep out.
Cornthwaite added a 3rd in the 50th minute after he beat Nigel Boogard to header home Martinez’s in-swinging corner.
This was the Jets fourth consecutive loss and along with Central Coast Mariners find themselves avoiding the wooden spoon.
Meanwhile Sydney FC cruised to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Melbourne City on Saturday at Allianz Stadium with their 19th win of the season.
After winning the Premier Plate the previous weekend, Graham Arnold’s side were still demolishing their opponents.
They now have a seventeen point gap at the top of the league and if they gain a further four points from their remaining two games will create an all-time points record. Brisbane Roar currently hold this record with 65 points, which they earnt over 30 games in the 2010-11 season.
Alex Brosque opened the scoring in the 57th minute and Bobo doubled the score 6 minutes later, hitting home a low cross from Zullo from close-range. The Brazilian striker sealed the victory with a second goal in the 90th minute.
The result left City in 3rd place alongside the Roar.