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.

Central Coast Mariners beat Melbourne Heart despite Orlando Engelaar wonder goal

Heart's Ben Garuccio

Michael Lynch It was always going to be mission impossible for Melbourne Heart to make the play offs after their horror start to the season, and their faint hopes were all but mathematically extinguished following...

Soccer

Central Coast Mariners pay the price of success

Michael Lynch If Victory coach Kevin Muscat yearns for stability, he should have a chat with Phil Moss.

Football

Sydney FC, Central Coast Mariners and Melbourne Victory in race for Tom Rogic's signature

rogic

Dominic Bossi, Michael Lynch The race for Socceroos star Tom Rogic's signature is becoming a three-way battle between A-League rivals Sydney FC, Melbourne Victory and Central Coast Mariners.

Comments 2

Soccer

Victory and Sydney battle to draw as finals race tightens

Alessandro Del Piero of Sydney and Adrian Leijer of the Victory contest the ball during the round 25 match at AAMI Park on Saturday.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory‘s push for a top-two spot and the double chance is likely to go to the final kick of the A-League season.

Soccer

Williams believes Heart still has momentum

David Williams celebrates after scoring against Wellington Phoenix.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart was the A-League’s form team and on an extraordinary roll that looked as though it could lead the club to an improbable finals berth.

Soccer

Melbourne Victory wary of South Koreans' attack in ACL clash

Melbourne Victory logo

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat is wary of the speed with which Jeonbuk Motors will turn defence into attack and the need for his own team to defend from the front when the Australian side meets...

Soccer

Last-gasp win sets Victory on path to finals

Archie Thompson's goal on Saturday helped his side to a last-gasp win.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory will – barring an implosion – play finals football this season.

Soccer

Fixture pile-up needs sorting out

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch Football Federation Australia has so far proved largely immune to requests to shift A-League games from their original scheduling, but if the game's governing body is keen to see Australian clubs...

Soccer

Mariners keep on keepin' on

Michael Lynch The Central Coast Mariners must surely be the A-League's equivalent of the little engine that could.

Soccer

Kevin Muscat plugs gaps as Melbourne Victory seeks response to Heart loss

Michael Lynch Every game for Melbourne Victory feels like a cup final at this stage of the campaign.

Soccer

Melbourne Victory's Adama Traore in limbo

Melbourne Victory training at Gosch's Paddock , Adama Traore

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory faces an anxious wait to learn if Adama Traore will be fit for Wednesday's Asian Champions League clash.

Soccer

Kevin Muscat's relief at flattering Mariners result

Melbourne Victory.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory give themselves clear breathing space on a congested ladder

Football

Victory of sorts as Kevin Muscat's men take breather

Kevin Muscat

Michael Lynch Kevin Muscat was able to breathe a sigh of relief - as well he might - when his Melbourne Victory side managed to grab the three points from Central Coast Mariners on Friday night, giving themselves...

Soccer

Melbourne Victory must bolster its defence

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch It's all very well having a potent attack and offering a threat every time you go forward. But its not much use if you leak goals every time the opposition gets into your half.

Soccer

Melbourne Victory in confident mood for Adelaide United clash

Melbourne Victory head coach, Kevin Muscat

Michael Lynch Kevin Muscat is confident the feel-good mood will carry through to its A-League campaign.

Soccer

Heart coach concedes finals a possibility

On target: Heart players celebrate Orlando Engelaar's match-winning goal at AAMI Park.

Michael Lynch With seven games remaining, Heart is six points away from sixth-placed Central Coast.

Soccer

Heart beats again, making it four wins in a row

Heart v Roar

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart's improbable dream of a finals berth remains alive for another week.

Soccer

Tough ask for Melbourne Victory in ACL game against legend of Lippi

Soccer ball image generic

Michael Lynch It is hard to see this game being anything but a backs-to-the-wall ordeal for Victory.

Soccer

Coach happy, but regrets team's inability to capitalise on chances

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory boss Kevin Muscat pays tribute to his side's workrate and ability to bounce back.

Soccer

Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat pleased with a draw against Perth Glory

Tom Rogic

Michael Lynch It was always going to be a trip in which the result would be more important than the performance.