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Coleraine v Crusaders live updates: David Cushley on the trail of cup glory

By Graham Luney

David Cushley feels Crusaders are going to have to raise their game at Coleraine tonight if they want to keep their League Cup dream alive. The Bannsiders will be looking for revenge after an agonising 1-0 loss at Seaview in the Premiership earlier this month when Lyndon Kane missed a late penalty.

Both sides contested the 2012 decider which the Crues edged 1-0 with Chris Morrow on target but under the guidance of Oran Kearney, the north-west side are a much more menacing force.

The Bannsiders are fifth in the league table and they are also one of the many top flight clubs capable of landing some silverware.

Former Ballymena United favourite Cushley, however, was part of the Lisburn Distillery squad that overcame Portadown in the final of the Co-operative Insurance Cup in 2011 and now he wants to land a knockout blow in Crusaders colours.

"The County Antrim Shield win with Ballymena United last season was fantastic but winning the League Cup with Distillery was probably more special as we were the underdogs against Portadown," said Cushley.

"Cliftonville beat us (Ballymena United) in the League Cup final in January last year and they have won it four times in a row. That's what this game is about - winning trophies - and I want to do that with Crusaders.

"I know I'm not playing every minute of every game but it's up to me to show what I can do when I get the chance. I'm ready to do that and I'm enjoying my football. I've signed a two-and-a-half year deal and hopefully I'll be here for more years. It's a team game but I want to play my part in helping the Crues be successful.

"Coleraine have been very strong this season but it's up to us to rise to the challenge and get the win that will take us into the semi-finals."

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