Sydney striker David Zdrilic told after the match that it was a "feisty" encounter.

"They got stuck in, in the first half but it died down a bit in the second half. They're actually a very good side."

Zdrilic, who only played part of the game to rest his hamstring, said the injury was fine and he'd be available for selection next Wednesday in the crunch ACL match with Persik Kediri.

"I think the guys have recovered now from the Indonesia trip. It was a very long trip from start to finish... it was tiring."

Alex Brosque and David Carney scored the goals that ensured that Sydney FC returned to winning ways ahead of its AFC Champions League rematch versus Persik Kediri at Parramatta Stadium on Anzac Day. Lions goal came courtesy of former NSL player Nahuel Arrarte.

Sydney FC goalkeeper Clint Bolton's stomach bug saw Dean Bouzanis play the full 90 minutes.

Robbie Middleby and Jacob Timpano made their returns from short- and long-term injuries respectively, while Branko Culina gave run outs to three triallists, among them English defender David Swanick and Australian striker Jason Kencevski.

The game was marred by at least three flares being thrown onto the ground by home fan in the second half.

Photos of the flares thrown onto the pitch were posted on the Sydney FC supporters forum ( after the match.

"We condemn this flare throwing. They're idiots. We'll ban them when we find them. We're trying to improve our club... we're very upset," said Bankstown City Lions board member Kiro Jovceski.