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.


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.


Melbourne Victory fixed on bouncing back against Perth Glory

Archie Thompson warms up

Michael Lynch For Kevin Muscat, success is as much about performance as it is the outcome.


Perth Glory coach Alistair Edwards in hot water after post-match snub

Alistair Edwards

Michael Lynch Perth Glory coach Alistair Edwards will face a please explain demand from the FFA after his failure to front for a post-match press conference after his team crashed to a 2-0 defeat to Melbourne...

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Dramas fail to detract from Victory win over Perth Glory

Victory substitute Gui Finkler sealed the win.

Michael Lynch Victory coach Kevin Muscat not bothered by other issues after his team won.


Alistair Edwards' sons failed to shine at Perth Glory, so storm was always brewing

Alistair Edwards - Perth Glory

Michael Lynch There’s hardly a father alive who hasn’t wanted the best for his son, who has not done what he could to help him, or swiftly moved to defend him when he is the subject of unwarranted criticism.

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Melbourne Heart needs three wins to contest A-League finals

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch A minimum of three wins - and preferably four - from its past five matches is what it will take to give Melbourne Heart much chance of completing its fairytale recovery with a finals berth next month.


Tom Rogic's gamble to play for Victory will be tested

Tom Rogic.

Michael Lynch, John Salvado Tom Rogic gambled when he opted to come to Melbourne Victory in a bid to play himself into form.


Van't Schip leads Heart transformation

Melbourne Heart coach John van't Schip.

Michael Lynch John van't Schip's got priors at this sort of thing, galvanising his Melbourne Heart team to performances few expected.


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.


A-League: A leg-up from lower level is best way for coaches to reach top

Michael Lynch dinkus

Michael Lynch There's little in the Australian football world that John Kosmina does not know about.

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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.


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.


Tantalising win, but can Heart do it again?

Heart supporters

Michael Lynch Will Melbourne Heart's first win of the campaign be like a London bus?


John van't Schip gets Melbourne Heart back on track

All Heart: Jonatan Germano (left) celebrates with Iain Ramsay.

Michael Lynch Heart looms as a banana skin upon which any number of fancied teams might slip up.


Finkler goal earns praise from all quarters

Gui Finkler of the Victory unleashes the free-kick that resulted in an equaliser for his team.

Michael Lynch Rival Victory and Wanderers coaches both laud free-kick that earned equaliser.


Reds road trip to challenge Victory

Kevin Muscat and Ange Postecoglou,

Michael Lynch Overshadowed in all the 'Ange for Australia' talk is the fact that Victory has one of the toughest assignments on the calendar on Friday night.


Kewell misses shot at Glory, as Mifsud steps in

Michael Lynch Former Socceroo superstar is again an absentee from the Melbourne Heart line-up when it travels to Perth.


Muscat has right stuff to replace Postecoglou

In sight: Leigh Broxham in Victory's 1-0 win over Brisbane Roar on Friday night.

Michael Lynch Kevin Muscat never shirked a challenge during his playing career.


Heart aiming for Glory

Footwork: Heart's Golgol Mebrahtu is tackled by Mariner Marcel Seip during last week's 2-2 draw.

Michael Lynch Heart coach John Aloisi believes it should have four points from its two games, not two.

Roar in first loss, but still top of table

Victory fans.

Michael Lynch Mike Mulvey's side has six points, one more than a clutch of clubs.