Matt Derbyshire showed a poacher’s instinct as he grabbed a second-half hat-trick in Macarthur’s 4-0 win over Adelaide United.
The former Blackburn Rovers and Nottingham Forest striker sent Macarthur second in the A-League, with Mark Milligan also on target at Campbelltown Stadium.
In driving rain, Derbyshire swooped low as a corner from the left was helped on to the back post, heading Macarthur ahead from no more than a couple of yards in the 66th minute.
He then took advantage of Tommy Oar’s low cross from the left that skidded across the wet surface to slide in the second goal seven minutes later.
Milligan weighed in with a third for the hosts after clever link-up play saw Derbyshire slip the captain behind the Adelaide defence to caress the ball into the bottom left corner.
Derbyshire still had unfinished business and he struck from inside the six-yard box for the third time in the game in the 90th minute, the close-range header from another left-wing cross by Oar sealing his night’s work.
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