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.

Tommy Berry stays cool as Chautauqua wins Manikato Stakes

Michael Lynch If you can keep your wits about you when things don't go according to plan you can confound expectations and produce victory where it might not seem possible.

Velaphi just the latest casualty in a bad few days for goalkeepers

Michael Lynch It's been a bad few days for goalkeepers.

Traveller Zahra is seeking a Happy Trail to Cox Plate glory

Under the radar: Mark Zahra riding a winner at Caulfield.

Michael Lynch A jockey can stack up winners riding in the bush or in ordinary races at metropolitan meetings, but it is only when a rider lands one of the biggest prizes on the Australian turf that the wider...

Why Perth shouldn't get all the glory

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Michael Lynch Perth Glory owner Tony Sage can call until he is blue in the face for his side to host the FFA Cup Final in November, but if Melbourne Victory beat Hume City next week in the second semi final then...

The Buff is back, and doesn't he know it...

Michael Lynch Rob Heathcote's great old warrior Buffering may not be in the Gunsynd class just yet, although if he continues rattling up Group 1 wins the Queensland trained veteran may come close to occupying a...

Semi-final loss a costly learning exercise, says City coach John van 't Schip

John van 't Schip has no regrets about making wholesale changes to his starting line-up for the FFA Cup semi-final.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City coach John van't Schip says he has no regrets about making wholsesale changes to his starting line-up for the FFA Cup semi-final loss to Perth Glory on Wednesday night, stressing that...

Kevin Muscat determined Melbourne Victory should lay Newcastle ghosts to rest

Riled: Kevin Muscat.

Michael Lynch Kevin Muscat bridles when it is put to him that Newcastle Jets are Melbourne Victory's bogey team, admitting that such criticism puts "a fire in his belly" to prove that isn't the case.

Cup semi evokes Patrick Kisnorbo memories of a Fergie spray when Leeds stunned United

Patrick Kisnorbo

Michael Lynch Melbourne City stands just 90 minutes away from making its first FFA Cup final, if it manages to beat Perth Glory in West Australia on Wednesday night.

Cox Plate 2015: Favourites fare well in barrier draw

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Michael Lynch There was no last minute controversy over the make of this year's Cox Plate field after the powerful Godolphin Stable did not accept for one of its three entries, Contributor, to ensure that one of...

No Plate controversy as Contributer rerouted and Mourinho makes field

James McDonald gives Complacent a gallop during the Cox Plate Breakfast With The Stars at Moonee Valley on Tuesday.

Michael Lynch There was no last-minute row over the make-up of this year's Cox Plate field after the powerful Godolphin stable did not accept with one of its three entries, Contributer, to ensure that another of...

Perth Glory desperate to bounce back but City want all-Melbourne cup final

Purple art: Perth Glory's Richard Garcia traps the ball during the round two match against Wellington Phoenix.

Michael Lynch Perth Glory's poor start to the season makes the West Australian club's FFA Cup semi-final against Victorian challengers Melbourne City even more critical on Wednesday night.

Racing: VRC predicts bumper carnival but has long-term concerns over falling dollar


Michael Lynch The VRC is predicting a bumper carnival with bookings for Cup week up by 30 per cent for discount pre-sale tickets and 10 per cent in the corporate sector.

Brisbane Roar shrug off pre-season problems to top A-League table

Brisbane Roar, with new coach John Aloisi, are sitting pretty on top of the A-League table.

Michael Lynch In the A-League off season Brisbane Roar, once the poster boys for Australian soccer, had become its crisis club.

Stratum Star set for Mackinnon Stakes. Could he be a Cox Plate contender next year?

Trainer Darren Weir with Stratum Star.

Michael Lynch Darren Weir's Stratum Star remains amongst those still holding a Cox Plate engagement, but the trainer says his target later this spring is the $1 million Mackinnon Stakes at Flemington on Derby Day.

Racing: Mourinho racing for Cox Plate glory as connections back cancer sufferer

Cox Plate hopeful Mourinho may provide a lifeline to a young cancer sufferer.

Michael Lynch Cox Plate candidate Mourinho will not only be carrying the hopes of his owners and trainers when he contests the great race on Saturday.

Soccer: John van 't Schip warns flaky Melbourne City to toughen up

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 17:  Bruno Fornaroli of the City celebrates a goal during the round two A-League match between Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City FC at Etihad Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Michael Lynch Plus ca change, plus ca meme chose. Melbourne City have yet to pull themselves out of last year's fug.

Soccer: Kevin Muscat likes the entertainment, but most of all he likes three points

Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat never doubted for a second Victory would win. It's there on his face.

Michael Lynch Coaches can say the most unexpected things in post match press conferences. 

City coach John van 't Schip laments switch off, Muscat wants Victory to be smarter

Kevin Muscat congratulates Jason Geria of the Victory after the game.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip on Saturday rued his team's switched off first-half performance in the first Melbourne derby of the season in which, he said, City showed far too much respect...

Melbourne Victory nail thriller with last-minute derby winner

Besart Berisha celebrates after scoring the match-winner.

Michael Lynch A 90th minute winner by Besart Berisha after Melbourne Victory had thrown away a two-goal lead was enough to give the champions a 3-2 win.

Caulfield Cup 2015: Favourite Mongolian Khan does not disappoint

Caulfield Cup.

Michael Lynch New Zealand raider Mongolian Khan has won the 2015 Caulfield Cup, with Trip to Paris finishing second and Our Ivanhowe third.