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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.

Lawrence Thomas got his big chance in a finals series.

Backup goalkeepers quick to answer the call

Goalkeepers being thrown in at the deep end in critical matches - as could happen at Brisbane Roar this week in the wake of two serious injuries to first and second choice keepers - is nothing new.

Brisbane Roar players have a difficult schedule this week.

Victory's opponents aim to tame the travel factor

Travel might broaden the mind, but if third-placed Brisbane Roar and fifth-placed Perth Glory manage to upset the applecart and see off second-placed Melbourne Victory and runaway premiers Sydney FC in this weekend's semi-finals they might just set a distance record for teams meeting in the season's showpiece.