Hats off to Besart Berisha

Besart Berisha found his golden touch as did his Melbourne Victory teammates, cruising to a 5-2 win over a hapless Central Coast Mariners at AAMI Park. Berisha netted three of the goals to take his A-League tally to 114 and his season tally to 12. He also scored his fifth hat-trick in the league which actually sees him set the record for most hat-tricks in A-League history. He is one of eight players to score multiple hat-tricks, let’s take a look.

Sergio van Dijk
Sergio van Dijk scored 50 times in his A-League career, 25 each for Brisbane Roar and Adelaide United. The Dutch-born Indonesian international scored a hat-trick for both teams. The first was in a 3-1 win over Sydney FC while playing for Brisbane in 2009-10. The second was in Adelaide’s 8-1 thumping over the now defunct North Queensland Fury in 2010-11.

Archie Thompson
Archie Thompson was once the A-League’s all-time leading goal scorer, he also holds the record for most goals in an international match, so it’s no surprise he features on this list. He scored five goals in Melbourne Victory’s 6-0 Grand Final win over Adelaide in 2007 and waited seven years until his next hat-trick. Scoring all three in a 3-3 draw against Sydney FC in the 2014-15 season.

Andy Keogh
Australians love Ireland, that was evident in the St Patrick’s Day celebrations, and the feeling is reciprocated. Irishman Andy Keogh loves scoring hat-tricks in Australia. He has two since debuting for Perth Glory in 2014. Both have come in 3-2 victories, the first came against Brisbane in 2014-15, and the second came against Melbourne City last season.

Nathan Burns
Similar to Thompson, Nathan Burns’ two hat-tricks came seven years apart, but in Nathan’s defence, he has spent a lot of time overseas. The first was as a babyfaced striker in the second season of the A-League, scoring all three in a 3-1 win over the Central Coast Mariners for Adelaide United. The second was in a 5-1 victory over Melbourne City in 2014-15 while playing for Wellington Phoenix.

Sydney FC’s Bobo is set to break Bruno Fornaroli’s record for most goals in a season. Two hat-tricks has definitely helped the Brazilian. Both his hat-tricks have come this season, in fact they came in consecutive matches. The first in a 4-1 win over Wellington in Round 12, then scored half over Sydney’s six in a 6-0 win over Perth in Round 13.

Jamie Maclaren
Jamie Maclaren is one of Australia’s most lethal strikers. He proved that in his short A-League career which yielded 51 goals in 91 matches. Nine of those came in three hat-tricks. The first in a 3-1 win over Melbourne City while playing for Perth in 2014-15, the next two came when he played for Brisbane. The first was in a 5-0 win over Melbourne Victory in 2015-16, the second came in a 5-1 win over the Central Coast last season.

Shane Smeltz
Before Bobo, only Shane Smeltz had scored a hat-trick in consecutive matches. Before Besart Berisha, Shane Smeltz jointly held the record for most hat-tricks. The recently retired New Zealander scored four in his A-League career. His first two came while playing for Gold Coast United. He scored four in a 5-0 win over North Queensland, and three in a 5-1 win over Brisbane. His next two came while playing for Perth in 2011-12. He scored all four in their 4-2 win over Melbourne Victory in Round 25 before scoring all three in a 3-0 win over Melbourne City in the first week of the finals the next week.

Besart Berisha
Besart Berisha loves a hat-trick almost as much as he loves playing the Mariners. He has 16 goals in 20 matches against the club. He scored five in a 7-1 win over Adelaide United in 2011-12 while playing for Brisbane. The rest have come for Melbourne Victory, his first came in a 5-2 win over Melbourne City. Two came last season, one in a 6-1 win over Wellington, and a clean sweep in a 3-0 win over Western Sydney. His hat-trick against the Mariners was his first against the club.

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