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New boy Cushley is not afraid to attempt the spectacular at Crues

By Staff Reporter

He might have changed clubs, but Crusaders star David Cushley will not be changing his ways.

During his time at Lisburn Distillery and Ballymena United, Cushley became renowned for his spectacular long-range goals, winning the Northern Ireland Football Writers' Goal of the Season award two years on the bounce.

And on his competitive debut for the Crues - a 3-0 loss in the first-leg of a Champions League qualifier against Copenhagen - Cushley gave the Seaview faithful a taste of what he is capable of, attempting an audacious lob from 40 yards that forced Robin Olsen to make a scrambled save.

Cushley explained: "My motto has always been, 'if you don't shoot you can't score'. I don't know if Crusaders fans expect that from me, but that's just the way I play. If it's on, I'm not afraid to try it. Past managers have told me to calm down and look for passes, but if the opportunity is there I'll try it. If I get shouted at, so be it. You have to back yourself."

The second-leg is in Denmark on Tuesday.

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