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.

Promising filly Lumosty defies betting drift as Moody snares Flemington hat-trick

Michael Lynch Whenever a horse gets the staggers in the betting market eyebrows are always raised _ and not just by the stewards.

Victory's grand final berth fitting reward for tremendous season, says coach Kevin Muscat

Victory coach Kevin Muscat shows his delight at his side's performance on Friday night.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory will stage the A-League Grand Final at AAMI Park next Sunday, and the biggest regret of the team's coach, Kevin Muscat, is that half the fans who thronged into Etihad Stadium to see...

Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip rues injuries, praises clinical Victory

A sombre John van 't Schip shakes hands with David Williams as he leaves the pitch injured on Friday night.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip praised the tenacity and commitment of his injury-ravaged side for battling to the end against a superior Melbourne Victory, but paid tribute to the clinical...

Victory cruise into grand final with 3-0 win over injury-hit City

Victory's Besart Berisha heads home to open the scoring for Melbourne Victory against Melbourne City on Friday.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory will seek to win their third A-League Championship when they host either Sydney or Adelaide United next Sunday after seeing off the semi-final challenge of cross-city rival...

Blue sky yonder ... but game needs its rainmakers now

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Michael Lynch The FFA want to change the Australian sporting dream and turn it on its head.

City and Victory square off in biggest A-League final ever

The crowd heads to Etihad Stadium.

Michael Lynch It's the biggest Melbourne derby of them all - a semi-final showdown - with a grand final berth at stake.

City hope to find consistency to see off Victory

Josh Kennedy

Michael Lynch It's doubtful if there is any club in the A-League who make things as difficult for themselves, at least on the pitch, as Melbourne City.

Melbourne Victory will rarely get a better shot at glory

Melbourne Victory's Kosta Barbarouses is dangerous up forward.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory could not have set this semi final up against local rivals Melbourne City any better.

Bring on the pressure, says Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat

Bring it on: Victory coach Kevin Muscat welcomes pressure ahead of Friday night.

Michael Lynch Kevin Muscat gives his trademark grin when reminded that his rival coach, John Van't Schip, has wasted no opportunity this week to suggest that the pressure is all on Melbourne Victory.

Semi-final loss the cruellest of all - and no guarantee of future success

Michael Lynch It's often said that teams have to lose big matches to learn how to win them in the future.

Harry Novillo hopes to make Melbourne City home whatever happens in Friday semi-final against Victory

Harry Novillo

Michael Lynch He's not exactly the accidental tourist - after all, he was plucked out of nowhere on the basis of his highlights DVD being better than all other applicants.

Courage, commitment needed against Victory: City's Josh Kennedy

Josh Kennedy can't explain City's fluctuating form but backs his side to perform this week.

Michael Lynch Embarrassment at their previous poor performances was the key to Melbourne City's form turnaround in Wellington at the weekend.

Patrick Kisnorbo rallies City troops to steal a Victory march

Winners are grinners: City captain Patrick Kisnorbo (left) with teammate Aaron Mooy.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City skipper Patrick Kisnorbo put in an enormous shift in Wellington on Sunday.

Victory v City A-League semi-final: The biggest derby of them all

Tempers flare in the Melbourne derby. The two teams will face off this Friday night in a semi-final.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory, the champions, taking on upstart rivals Melbourne City. For the FFA, it's almost as good as a grand final.

Man-on-the-spot Kennedy says win against Phoenix was City's best of the season

Erik Paartalu, Aaron Mooy, Paulo Retre and Robert Koren congratulate teammate Josh Kennedy (right) after he scored.

Michael Lynch Josh Kennedy, after a couple of early sighters, was the man who made the crucial difference for Melbourne City in its shock elimination of Wellington Phoenix.

Pressure is all on Victory, says City coach van 't Schip

Josh Kennedy, of Melbourne City,  celebrates his goal during the A-League elimination match between the Wellington Phoenix and Melbourne City FC at Westpac Stadium on Sunday.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip goes into Friday's blockbuster A-League game with Melbourne Victory knowing that there is a Grand Final berth on the line - and with little expectations on his...

City dump Phoenix to set up A-League semi-final showdown against Victory

A step forward: Josh Kennedy, left, fends off Ben Sigmund as City upset Phoenix in Wellington.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City has set up an A-League semi-final blockbuster with cross city rivals Melbourne Victory after pulling off an upset 2-0 away win in its elimination final in New Zealand on Sunday evening.

Matthieu Delpierre could be the key to Melbourne Victory's finals challenge

With Matthieu Delpierre in the side, Victory's defence is calmer, better organised and looks tighter and better structured.

Michael Lynch Much of Melbourne Victory's attention in the second half of the season went into re-signing star wide player Fahid Ben Khalfallah, but could Matthieu Delpierre have the biggest impact in the...

Osvaldo Ardiles the pathfinder for Premier League polyglots

Pioneer: Osvaldo Ardiles is a Tottenham Hotspur legend.

Michael Lynch When Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool arrive in Australia during the winter for post-season tours Australian fans will never before have seen such a glittering array of foreign-born...