Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch, The Age's expert on soccer, has had extensive experience of high level journalism in the UK and Australia. Michael has covered the Socceroos through Asia, Europe and South America in their past three World Cup campaigns. He has also reported on Grands Prix and top class motor sport from Asia and Europe. He has won several national media awards for both sports and industry journalism.

David Villa saves Melbourne City again with late equaliser against Newcastle Jets

Michael Lynch David Villa once again proved Melbourne City's saviour as he lashed home a second half equaliser for the second weekend in a row to rescue a point for his side on his home A-League debut.

David proves to be a Goliath for Melbourne City

Melbourne City fans cheer their team on during the game against Newcastle Jets.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip could only rue his side's inability to capitalise on its possession – and thank the fact that he has Spanish World Cup winner David Villa in his armoury...

Delighted owner Riichi Kondo sets sights on biggest Cup of all

Riichi Kondo (centre), with Zac Purton (left) and Tomoyuki Umeda.

Michael Lynch Riichi Kondo, one of the Japanese racing industry's biggest players, has achieved something none of his countrymen have before - winning the Caulfield Cup.

Robert Smerdon's girl power sees off the boys in $750,000 Caulfield Classic

Ladies first: Fontein Ruby (right) holds off Crafty to win the Caulfield Classic on Saturday.

Michael Lynch  It was a case of girl power doubled when two fillies from the Robert Smerdon yard upstaged the colts and geldings on their Caulfield home turf to fight out the finish of the $750,000 Caulfield...

City Slickers set to shine in Melbourne A-League debut

Main man: Melbourne City's Spanish star David Villa.

Michael Lynch Melbourne fans can get their first glimpse in the flesh of Spanish superstar David Villa when the World Cup winner and dual European champion makes his home debut for Melbourne City on Sunday as the...

Early Caulfield winners Sea Spray and Stratum Star earmarked for Cup carnival at Flemington

Damien Lane neare the finish astride Sea Spray in the Yellowglen Plate.

Michael Lynch The winners of the first two heats on the marathon Caulfield Cup day card will both now target black type and group race  success during the Flemington Melbourne Cup carnival in three weeks time.

Victory shows fighting spirit, but Kevin Muscat disappointed not to take all three points

Kevin Muscat chats to his Adeleiade United counterpart Josep Gombau after the round two A-League match ended in a draw.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory boss Kevin Muscat✓ feels his team should have got all three points from their match against Adelaide United on Friday night.

Honours even in late flurry as Victory snatches draw at the death

Watch it: Adrian Leijer and Bruce Djite battle it out.

Michael Lynch A barrage of fireworks rocketed skywards in the South Australian dusk as Adelaide United and Melbourne Victory readied themselves for the first meeting between the two rivals at the city's storied...

A-League round two preview

Michael Lynch Friday, 17 October 2014

Vive la difference – and Delpierre can provide it for Victory

Victory pass: Matthieu Delpierre at a training session in Melbourne.

Michael Lynch Imagine a 26-year-old Lucas Neill or Craig Moore captaining their club to the Bundesliga Championship a year before the World Cup or Asian Championships – and not being selected for the...

Adelaide's Jimmy Jeggo keen for clash with old Melbourne Victory teammates

Former Victory midfielder Jimmy Jeggo.

Michael Lynch When Adelaide United runs out against Melbourne Victory at the city's famed Oval on Friday night the atmosphere of the game will, as ever, be frenetic.

Melbourne City's Damien Duff not here for a holiday

Michael Lynch Melbourne City's former Premier League winning winger Damien Duff, who also played 100 times for his country, Ireland, admits that he hasn't watched a single Premier League game nor any of the...

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou's building blocks are crumbling

Ange Postecoglou has to find a way to paper over the cracks in the short-term.

Michael Lynch When you accept the bouquets, you have to take the brickbats.

Dandino's Caulfield Cup draw 'a disaster'

Marco Botti's head lad Paul Francis with Dandino after a trackwork session at Werribee.

Michael Lynch Darren Dance endured the agony and the ecstasy of the Caulfield Cup draw when the English trained Dandino drew the outside barrier and his other runner, Seismos, plucked the inside alley.

Melbourne Victory revs up for Adelaide test

Hitting his stride: Victory's Leigh Broxham.

Michael Lynch If you can tell how a team might perform by watching its training sessions, then Melbourne Victory could hardly be in better shape ahead of its trip to South Australia to face Adelaide United on...

Roy Higgins exhibition at MCG's National Sports Museum fuels legend of peerless jockey

Michael Lynch He was known as "The Professor" for his tactical acumen and the clever way he could position a horse in a race, and Roy Higgins' genius in the saddle has been honoured with a new exhibition at the...

David Villa shows his star quality for Melbourne City

Michael Lynch One moment of David Villa magic lit up Allianz Stadium on Saturday night and made it abundantly clear why Manchester City, Melbourne City's parent club, wanted the Spanish superstar to join their...

Melbourne City's Robert Koren expected to be fit for Newcastle Jets clash

Firepower: Robert Koren could line up with David Villa.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City boss John van 't Schip is optimistic that former Slovenian captain Robert Koren will be fit to line up for the newly branded club's first home game of the A-League season next Sunday.

Coach has no regrets about playing Villa only as a substitute

Well done, boys: Melbourne City coach John Van't Schip shakes hands with his players after the game.

Michael Lynch Even though he rescued a point for Melbourne City with a sumptuous second-half finish, David Villa's new boss, John Van't Schip, says he has no regrets about starting the Spanish superstar on the...

David Villa strikes to land new club Melbourne City a draw with Sydney FC

David Villa celebrates after scoring for Melbourne City.

Michael Lynch David Villa took less than 15 minutes to repay the first instalment on his purchase price for Manchester City and its Australian affiliate, Melbourne City, when he struck a beautifully placed goal to...