Blue skies as old Olympic return. Win despite claws out.

☐ Sydney Olympic fighting hard in their 3-1 victory against APIA Leichhardt Tigers.Photos: Football NSW

SYDNEY Olympic returned to their winning ways with a 3-1 victory over APIA Leichhardt Tigers in a Grand Final rematch on Anzac Day.

The reigning champions managed to replicate the result from their Grand Final victory last season, with Spanish star Alex Sanchez again scoring a double.
Sanchez’s two goals accompanied one from Jinya An, to thwart APIA’s one goal to Chris Payne.
The win gives Olympic a much-needed lift after a slow start to the season, while diminishes APIA’s chances of catching up to league leaders Wollongong this round.
The rivalry was apparent from the get-go as both teams battled for the advantage in the opening stages of the game.
Olympic opened the scoring in the 33rd minute, bending a beautiful free kick into the top corner.
Ivan Necevski managed to get a fingertip on the ball, but it wasn’t enough to deny Olympic the opener.
The home side came back for more just minutes later, with Spanish striker Sanchez doubling Olympic’s lead in his first game back from injury.
Radovan Pavicevic flicked a header on to Sanchez, whose pace was too much for APIA’s defence, as he ran through to send his shot out of reach of Necevski and into the netting.
Sanchez came searching for more, taking it to three just before the half-time whistle.
The visitors made their way onto the scoreboard in the 65th minute, capitalising on a free kick to stay in the game.
Paul Henderson got a hand to Payne’s impressive free kick, but his touch saw the ball bounce over the line.
The action didn’t stop, with both sides knocking on the door for more until the final minutes of the game.
Olympic coach Abbas Saad was pleased with his team’s performance against a high-calibre team.
“We were fantastic, that was the old Olympic from last year,” he said.
“They’re the team to beat this year.
“They’re a very, very good team, they’ve got good players all over the park.
“To beat a good team like APIA will hopefully give us a lot more confidence going forward.”