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.

Wasteful Melbourne Heart downed by Wellington Phoenix

Michael Lynch If you don't take any of the numerous chances you create and then concede a late goal to a counter-attack then you only have yourself to blame.

Soccer

Pressure builds on Heart coach John Aloisi as Wellington Phoenix win again

Heartbreaker: Wellington's Stein Huysegems (right) is congratulated by teammates after his goal against Melbourne Heart.

Michael Lynch If you don't take any of the numerous chances you create and then concede a late goal to a counter-attack then you only have yourself to blame.

Football

A-League round 4 2013: Melbourne Victory edge Wellington Phoenix

Racing

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory enjoys a close win over Wellington Phoenix.

Soccer

Revived Heart pumped under van't Schip

Melbourne Heart coach John van't Schip.

Michael Lynch Six weeks after John Aloisi left, the picture has changed for the Melbourne Heart.

Soccer

A-League club licences extended until 2034

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Michael Lynch Australia's nine A-League franchise holders can plan for the future with certainty.

Soccer

In-form Melbourne Heart faces its big test against Brisbane Roar

Michael Lynch So what's the secret to Melbourne Heart's revival and can it continue when it faces its toughest test?

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

A clash with formula one grand prix puts the brakes on Heart crowd

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart's hope for a big crowd will be stymied thanks to the Melbourne Grand Prix.

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 Heart's A-League finals bid damaged by loss to Newcastle

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch Chasing the leaders is the relatively easy part: getting on terms and then sneaking into a finals berth is the hard bit.

Soccer

Melbourne Heart needs three wins to contest A-League finals

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.

Soccer

Barbarouses has Victory in sight

The Kiwi connection: Kosta Barbarouses is Victory hope.

Michael Lynch It might look as if Ange Postecoglou is going back to the future in bringing in Kosta Barbarouses.

Melbourne Victory deny Western Sydney Wanderers with last-gasp free-kick

Guilherme Finkler

Michael Lynch A dramatic, last-gasp leveller from Brazilian midfielder Gui Finkler's sumptuous free kick gave Melbourne Victory a share of the points in a pulsating 1-1 draw with Western Sydney Wanderers in front...

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Soccer

Aloisi given the boot as club looks to Van 't Schip

John Aloisi

Michael Lynch John Aloisi has been shown the door by Melbourne Heart after 12 winless games.

Soccer

A-League round thirteen preview

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Michael Lynch All the ins and outs with previews for round thirteen of the A-League.

Soccer

Unhappy Western Sydney Wanderers as Melbourne Victory sizzle in the heat

Veteran Archie Thompson makes his presence felt, opening the scoring against the Wanderers in Melbourne on Tuesday.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat declared he had complete confidence in the depth of his depleted squad ahead of this game against the high flying Western Sydney Wanderers.

Soccer

Heart desperate to avoid unwanted record

Heart players react as referee Ben Williams gives Patrick Kisnorbo a red card.

Michael Lynch Not all records are worth holding, as Melbourne Heart owners, administrators, players and fans will tell you.

Soccer

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?

Soccer

Get Tom Rogic, sack Mitch Nichols

Adrian Leijer is yellow-carded.

Michael Lynch Victory was abject in Wellington, but there were some mitigating circumstances.

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