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.

Besart Berisha

Victory keep up pursuit of Sydney after suriving late Adelaide scare

A marvellous Marco Rojas free kick and a deft Besart Berisha strike, both goals coming in the last 25 minutes of an entertaining contest, was enough for Melbourne Victory to secure a 2-1 win over struggling Adelaide United at AAMI Park and reatin their slim hopes of overhauling Sydney FC in the race for the Premiers Plate.

Joao Moreira steers Sheidel to victory in the Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield on Saturday.

Magic Man works his spell on super sprinter Sheidel

They call him the Magic Man, and star Brazilian jockey Joao Moreira sprinkled stardust all over Caulfield on Saturday when he showed just why he is so highly rated by  booting home a double, including the Group One Oakleigh Plate aboard the flying mare Sheidel.

Melbourne City, led by Bruno Fornaroli, need more from their attack.

Pressure mounting on City in top-four battle

Thank God that Australia has a finals system, Melbourne City coach Michael Valkanis declared after his 10-man team had eventually capitulated to league leaders Sydney 3-1 on Friday night.