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I want to win everything, says Cushley as Crusaders continue fight for five trophies

Crusaders 2-0 Maiden City

BY graham luney

Crusaders are battling on five fronts this season and winger David Cushley makes no apology for being greedy - he wants to win the lot.

The Crues will face Cliftonville at Solitude in the sixth round of the Tennent's Irish Cup and they already have the Toals County Antrim Shield final against Ballymena United on their minds this month along with forthcoming semi-final battles in the IRN-BRU Cup and BetMcLean League Cup.

Currently top of the Danske Bank Premiership, the league title remains their number one target but the Irish Cup hasn't been seen at Seaview since 2009 and this group of players are thirsty to end that long wait.

Jordan Forsythe's exquisite lob in the second minute rocked Intermediate side Maiden City at Seaview but the visitors played with defiance and spirit, restricting further damage to Cushley's 84th-minute strike.

"I had two good strikes but I'll need to open the goals a bit more to score," joked Cushley after two of his long-range missiles rattled the woodwork.

"It was a good move down the left from Craig McClean to Paul Heatley and I managed to get past a defender for the goal which was a relief.

"Fair play to them, they worked hard and they kept the ball well at times. We still created chances and when you have people like Gavin Whyte and Paul Heatley as well as big Chicken doing the business you sometimes have to bide your time so when the time comes you take your chance.

"I played in an Irish Cup Final for Ballymena United when we lost to Glenavon 2-1 but my mindset is I want to win everything. I want to end my career with as many medals as I can and there are a few opportunities this season. We have a big squad and the players need to do their jobs."

Maiden City boss Colm Cassidy said: "We can take huge pride from our performance. Hopefully, we can get another opportunity at this level."

Crusaders: O'Neill, Burns, McChrystal, McClean, Lowry, Ward, Cushley, Caddell, Forsythe (Heatley 45), Snoddy (Nimick 87), Glackin. Subs (not used): Dougherty, Owens, Anderson.

Maiden City: Brady, Harkin, O'Hara, Loughrey, Hale, Semple (Cooley 70), McClay, Walsh, McCready, Ward (Ferry 80) Rogan (Scott 60). Subs (not used): Mulcahy, King, Mansfield, Rodney.

Man of match: David Cushley.

Referee: Lee Tavinder.

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