TRAVIS Dodd has scored a spectacular bicycle kick to help Perth Glory to a 2-1 win over the United Arab Emirates U-23 side in a practice game at AK reserve.
In Glory’s last hit-out before the team heads to Sydney, Dodd’s second half strike sealed a deserved win.
“I have to say (the goal) was inspired by Danny Vukovic,” Dodd joked after the game. “He practises them at training and as soon as I saw the ball sitting up, I thought I have to have a crack at it.”
With two games in Sydney next week against A-League sides Central Coast Mariners and Sydney FC, Perth Glory coach Ian Ferguson rotated his squad, with Burns, Smeltz, Miller, Vukovic and van den Brink all rested.
The rotations meant some of Perth Glory’s younger stars were given a start and Tommy Amphlett made the most it.
Playing down the right, Amphlett was a constant threat all night and his cross-field pass on eight minutes caught the opposition.
Amphelett’s brilliant pass was headed back across goal by Andrezinho before Adam Taggart headed home from close range.
It took the UAE a while to settle but they should’ve equalised on 31 minutes, only to be denied by an incredible double save on the goal-line from Chris Coyne and Josh Risdon.
But the equaliser did arrive four minutes later when Ali Mabkhot rifled home a shot from 20 metres.
Dodd came on at the start of the second half - replacing Billy Mehmet - and he was immediately in the action, forcing a save from the visiting keeper.
In a lively start after the break, Perth Glory continued to press with Taggart and Amphlett combining well down the right.
The pressure eventually paid off and when Dodd latched onto Amphlett’s cross.
On the ground and with his back to goal, Dodd somehow managed to connect to Amphlett’s cross with a stunning bicycle kick on 63 minutes.
Dodd said the UAE will be a tough match for the Qantas Olyroos in the 2012 London Olympic qualifier on September 21 in Adelaide.
He added: “I’m sure Aurelio Vidmar (Olyroo Coach) has got the quality in the squad and the tactics to play well and get the three points.”
Perth Glory: 2 (Taggart 8', Dodd 63)
UAE U23: 1 (Mabkhot 35')
Perth Glory starting line-up: 20.Young, 2.Mitchell, 4. Mehmet, 6.Coyne, 9.Pritchard (from Floreat Athena), 14.Mcgarry (c), 15.Amphlett, 17.Howarth, 19.Risdon, 22.Taggart, 27.Andrezinho