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.

Mahuta follows in stable stars' footprints, Sandown Guineas next stop

Michael Lynch For the past couple of years champion trainer Darren Weir has unearthed an unheralded three year old colt who has worked through his classes.

A-League: More of the same from Melbourne Brittle as City implode once more

Aaron Mooy of Melbourne City and Mateo Poljak of the Jets compete for the ball.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City might, in an alternative competition, think about changing their name to Melbourne Brittle.

Jets' joy is City's woe as coach John van 't Schip claims penalty denied

Nigel Boogaard of the Jets and Stefan Mauk of City collide with each other during the round four A-League match on Friday.

Michael Lynch For Scott Miller, Newcastle's youthful coach, the 3-2 win over Melbourne City was further evidence of his team's commitment and mental 

Newcastle Jets crash Melbourne City's party with stirring comeback

Milos Trifunovic of the Jets (right) heads the ball for his first goal.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City surrender two-goal lead to lose to Newcastle Jets.

If it is Nix to Wellington, will FFA gamble prove to be right choice?

Fighting for their team: Wellington Phoenix supporters hold up a ''Ten More Years'' sign.

Michael Lynch When a football team goes on the road to play an away match it is always a test of character.

Spring racing 2015: Top owners back Terry Bailey in public show of support

Standing firm: Chief steward Terry Bailey.

Patrick Bartley and Michael Lynch Some of Victoria's most respected racehorse owners have rallied around chief steward Terry Bailey and his integrity department after the gun attack on Bailey's home that rocked the racing world...

Racing: Thoroughness the key to Dunlop success, says Mornington-based Feek

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 02:  Trainer Ed Dunlop inspects Red Cadeaux during a Werribee trackwork session at Werribee Racecourse on November 2, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images) s

Michael Lynch Only those with the hardest of hearts – or anyone who had more than they could afford on the runner-up – would begrudge English trainer Ed Dunlop a victory in Tuesday's Melbourne Cup with...

Hume get kudos for semi but should have stayed in Broady

Melbourne Victory's Kosta Barbarouses scores his side's second goal against Hume City on Wednesday night.

Michael Lynch Hume City did themselves proud in their FFA Cup semi final clash with A-League champions Melbourne Victory with a fighting display that kept them in the game until the 88th minute, when Victory only...

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

Melbourne City coach 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.