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.

Newcastle Jets star Leonardo holds few surprises for Melbourne City boss John van 't Schip

Michael Lynch Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip is expecting Friday night's opponents Newcastle Jets to be defensively organised and to try to hit his side on the counter.

Victory coach Kevin Muscat heaps praise on Hume side who 'play the game the right way'

Victory coach Kevin Muscat watches keenly as his team battles Hume City in Wednesday night's semi-final.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat heaped praise on Hume City boss Lou Acevski and his team for making the A-League champions work right to the end to ensure that they, and not the NPL Victoria...

Victory made to sweat for FFA Cup semi-final win as dogged Hume push to the end

Besart Berisha of the Victory gets a kick away as Bradley Walker of Hume City bears down on him.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory will host the FFA Cup final against Perth Glory on the first Saturday in November.

Hume City will go for broke in Melbourne Victory FFA Cup semi-final

Hume's Theo Markelis celebrates a goal in the FFA Cup quarter-finals.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory will host the FFA Cup final against Perth Glory on Saturday week – if they can get over the last remaining obstacle in their path, National Premier League club Hume City.

Wellington Phoenix seek clarity from FFA on their future in the A-League

On borrowed time?: There are questions over the future of the Wellington Phoenix.

Michael Lynch Wellington Phoenix management will seek clarity from Football Federation Australia before deciding whether to apply for a shorter-than-expected A-League licence extension.

Soccer: Nix to Wellington as FFA flexes to wield the axe on Kiwi club

Michael Lynch Wellington Phoenix look set to be dumped from the A-League at the end of the season after Australian soccer chiefs opted not to accede to the Kiwi club's request for a 10 year license extension at...

IS terror fears as FFA seek shift of Bangladesh World Cup qualifier

Tom Rogic of Australia controls the ball during the World Cup qualifier against Bangladesh in Perth last month.

Michael Lynch The FFA are waiting anxiously to hear from soccer's world governing body FIFA to see if the Socceroos World Cup qualifier against Bangladesh will be postponed or shifted to another country as fears...

Spring racing 2015: Something rotten in the state of racing? Lurid events suggest it is so

Michael Lynch With apologies to Shakespeare, it's hard not to look at all the headlines over the past year or two and not wonder whether there is something rotten in the state of racing.

Melbourne City enforcer Jacob Melling likes to keep things straight and simple

Jacob Melling tussles with the Mariners' Mitchell Austin on Sunday.

Michael Lynch By common consent Melbourne City midfielder Aaron Mooy is not just the most improved player in the A-League, this season he is close to its best. 

Van 't Schip salutes Fornaroli as Melbourne City's youngsters take their chances

Finding form: Bruno Fornaroli of City.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip was full of praise for his Uruguayan striker Bruno Fornaroli after the South American's brace had helped his club to its first win of the season.

Swashbuckling Melbourne City take risks and get reward against game Central Coast Mariners

Well done: Patrick Kisnorbo of City is congratulated by team mates after scoring a goal.

Michael Lynch City ran out 3-1 winners in an end-to-end affair that produced numerous chances for both teams.

A-League season 11 promises to be a tight-run contest

Michael Lynch Three rounds into the A-League season, not a single side boasts a 100 per cent record.

Racing: Bowman rides into the history books on record breaker Winx

Michael Lynch Champion jockey Hugh Bowman has scaled almost all the peaks in his sport, but he had never won one of the three Melbourne "majors" nor the big Sydney event that makes up Australia's Big Four.

Chris Waller-trained Winx does a Sunline to win Plate

Hugh Bowman

Michael Lynch The Chris Waller-trained Winx evoked memories of the great New Zealand race mare Sunline when she blitzed the field in the Cox Plate, winning easily under Hugh Bowman to give both trainer and...

Cox Plate 2015: Winx wins by nearly five lengths

A bookie adjusts his tote odds

Michael Lynch Chris Waller-trained Winx has won the 2015 Cox Plate, finishing nearly five lengths clear in a commanding performance at Moonee Valley.

Turn Me Loose and he will do the job for Baker and Bosson

Oppie Bosson on Turn Me Loose wins the Mile on Saturday.

Michael Lynch Kiwi horseman Murray Baker's amazing spring just keeps on getting better.

Lake Geneva proves her bloodlines to win Crockett Stakes

James Winks guides Lake Geneva home on Saturday.

Michael Lynch When a filly has run places in the Blue Diamond and Golden Slipper she is already an extraordinary valuable commodity: when she then adds black type to her winning resume, her pricetag as a...

Speedy Tawteen may have booked Dubai passage with Valley sprint win

Stephen Baster rides Tawteen to victory.

Michael Lynch Flying filly Tawteen "outmuscled" the race favourite, Sydney raider Diamond Oasis, to take the City Jeep Handicap over the ultra sharp Moonee Valley 955 metres, in the process potentially booking...

John van 't Schip warns stars and rookies alike: perform or you are out

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch John Van 't Schip's cool, calm and reflective demeanour might make outsiders think the Melbourne City coach doesn't have a hard edge.

Bogeys all baloney, says Kevin Muscat: Melbourne Victory simply didn't take their chances

A jubilant David Carney after scoring against Melbourne Victory.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat is right. There are no bogey teams, despite what the evidence might suggest when Newcastle Jets play Melbourne Victory.