Melbourne Victory's Jake Brimmer has revealed the reason behind his goal celebration after netting twice in the A-League win over his former club Perth Glory.
What some fans mistook for a provocative gesture by Jake Brimmer after he netted Melbourne Victory's dramatic late winner against Perth Glory was, in fact, nothing to do with taunting his former club.
The 22-year-old midfielder, who made 60 A-League appearances for Perth without scoring, did so twice in the final five minutes for Victory on Tuesday to break Glory hearts.
After sealing the 2-1 result from the penalty spot, Brimmer ran towards AAMI Park's eastern grandstand and put an index finger in each of his ears as he faced the crowd.
The inspiration behind the demonstrative celebration, he has since revealed, was personal.
"It was for my little daughter," Brimmer said.
"She was deaf at birth, so it was for her and to raise awareness for her and the deaf community.
"It's a goal that I'll remember forever for her."
Brimmer's daughter Hayzel, now 15 months old, was in the grandstand with his partner Brianna and three-year-old daughter Delylah, as well as his parents.
Technology meant Hayzel was able to share the audible experience as Victory's renowned passionate home support revelled in Brimmer's late heroics.
"She had her cochlears in when the first goal went in and she sort of leant back (in response to the noise of the crowd)," Brimmer said.
"It was a fairly big crowd and credit to the fans because they were loud all game.
"We can't thank them enough and hopefully there's more of that."
Brimmer, a former Liverpool academy member and Australian underage star, said Hayzel's hearing impairment has changed his approach to football since her birth.
"It's made me more motivated to do my family proud," Brimmer said.
"I go out in every game to try to improve and do them proud."
Childhood Victory fan Brimmer signed for his hometown club in October and made his first appearances in navy blue during the Asian Champions League late last year.
He hopes breaking his A-League scoring duck will lead to more goals for Grant Brebner's title-hunting side, who face Western United in a derby on Saturday.
"It pushes me to score more," Brimmer said.
"The feeling that you get when you score, you can't beat it.
"It's something that I want to improve in my game and build on that."