David Cushley - Player Profile


Full Name:David Cushley
Born:July 22nd, 1989 (Belfast)
Position:Winger / Forward
Signed:August 1st, 2005
First Manager:Tommy Wright
Left Club:May 31st, 2016
Career Stats: 240 appearances, 65 goals
Debut (as sub): October 17th, 2006 - Ballymena United 1 - 3 Dundela (County Antrim Shield - Round 1)
Full Debut: April 7th, 2007 - Ballymena United 3 - 0 Larne (League - Irish Premier League)
First Goal: December 7th, 2007 - Ballymena United 3 - 0 Larne (League - Irish Premier League)
Also Played For:(Lisburn) Distillery, Crusaders

 Season  League Apps Gls GtGR Yel Red W D L
 2015-2016  NIFL Premiership 40 (1) 16 0.39 9 1 39.0% 14.6% 46.3%
 2014-2015  NIFL Premiership 30 (7) 11 0.30 4 0 48.6% 13.5% 37.8%
 2013-2014  NIFL Premiership 40 (1) 15 0.37 5 0 43.9% 19.5% 36.6%
 2012-2013  IFA Premiership 40 (1) 11 0.27 9 1 36.6% 31.7% 31.7%
 2009-2010  IFA Premiership 20 (16) 6 0.17 0 0 33.3% 16.7% 50.0%
 2008-2009  IFA Premiership 17 (7) 4 0.17 0 1 41.7% 12.5% 45.8%
 2007-2008  Irish Premier League 7 (7) 2 0.14 0 0 50.0% 21.4% 28.6%
 2006-2007  Irish Premier League 3 (3) 0 - 0 0 33.3% 16.7% 50.0%
197 (43) 65 0.27

 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 GtGR = Goals to Games Ratio | W/D/L - Games won, drawn or lost as percentage of games played in
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals

 Most Recent 1st Team Starts:
 Apr 19th, 2016 League  (A)  vs. Warrenpoint Town 1 - 4
 Apr 16th, 2016 League  (A)  vs. Carrick Rangers 2 - 0
 Apr 9th, 2016 League  (A)  vs. Dungannon Swifts 4 - 2
 Apr 5th, 2016 League  (A)  vs. Glenavon 1 - 1
 Mar 12th, 2016 League  (A)  vs. Crusaders 0 - 0
 
 Most Recent Goals:
 Apr 16th, 2016 League  (A)  vs. Carrick Rangers 2 - 0
 Feb 27th, 2016 League  (H)  vs. Dungannon Swifts 2 - 4
 Jan 12th, 2016 County Antrim Shield  (A)  vs. Linfield 3 - 2
 Jan 1st, 2016 League  (A)  vs. Portadown 4 - 3
 Dec 26th, 2015 League  (A)  vs. Coleraine 1 - 2

Mercurial winger who scored some fantastic long range goals during two spells at the Showgrounds.

Already an international at Under-17 level with Northern Ireland, Ballymena United manager Tommy Wright handed the 17-year-old a competitive debut in October 2006 against Dundela in the County Antrim Shield. Wright could sense the talent on his hands and used him sparingly in his senior panel to protect the young player, but openly praised Cushley as ‘one of the best teenagers in Northern Ireland’ during the 2006/2007 season. The winger’s major contribution was applied to David Dorrian’s hugely successful reserve team at the Showgrounds, who clinched a first ever Reserve League Championship for the club in May 2007.

Wright continued to oversee Cushley’s development into 2007/2008 as a number of the second string title winners were blooded into the first team and played a key part in the success of the club going 14 games unbeaten during the season, with ‘Cush’ scoring his first senior goal in December 2007 against Larne. The sudden resignation of the manager in April 2008 would come as a blow to David, as both the himself and the team would struggle for consistency under new boss Roy Walker.

The team’s poor start to the 2008/2009 season carved an opportunity for Cushley to come in and make himself a first-team regular at only 19-years-old, as it was left to many of United’s younger players to help pull the club away from the threat of relegation that season. Despite finishing the previously season strongly, Walker judged the youngster’s progress to not be sufficient and he was limited to appearances mainly from the bench in the latter half of the 2009/2010 campaign.

In the summer of 2010, Walker allowed the 21-year-old to re-join his former manager Tommy Wright, now at Lisburn Distillery, for a nominal fee to cover development costs. Reinvigorated by the move, Cushley fired the Whites to both a top six finish in the table and to the final of the League Cup, where he scored a late winner to stun Portadown at Mourneview Park for his first senior winner’s medal.

Yet again for David, the turning point was the departure of Wright (this time to St. Johnstone to become assistant manager), Distillery struggled to recapture their form during the 2011/2012 season and found themselves surviving only via the play-offs, with Cushley scoring against Newry City in the second leg to ensure the club retained their top-flight status.

It was a former Distillery team-mate (and new Ballymena boss Glenn Ferguson) who offered a route back ‘home’ for the mercurial winger as in July 2012, he returned to the Showgrounds for a second spell. Ferguson built his team around the attacking talents of his new signing and was rewarded with both some spectular goals – notably a superb ‘banana’ effort against Portadown which went viral. More importantly Ferguson and Cushley ended the Braidmen’s 23-year trophy drought as they defeated Linfield on penalties in the County Antrim Shield final in November 2012.

The Sky Blues built a reputation of becoming cup specialists under Ferguson, despite an underwhelming league record. Cushley was vital in runs to the both the 2013/2014 Irish Cup final and the 2014/2015 League, scoring big goals in both competitions. Notably the latter, when he came off the bench to score twice albeit in vain as United suffered defeat to Cliftonville at Windsor Park.
Frustrated with the lack of success, David announced in December 2015 (shortly after another stunning goal – from the half-way line against Linfield) that he had taken up the option to sign a pre-contract with reigning Irish League Champions, Crusaders to join them at the end of the current season. Merely a month after the announcement, he was scoring in and lifting the County Antrim Shield again having defeated Linfield at the National Stadium in stunning fashion.

Cushley made his debut for Stephen Baxter’s Crusaders in their Champions League qualifier in July 2016, but it proved difficult for the winger and his new team-mates to emulate their recent success as they relinquished their ambitions of a third consecutive Gibson Cup, after losing out to a Linfield side they had also been defeated by in the final of the County Antrim Shield.

Honours
(with Ballymena United)
County Antrim Shield: (winner) 2012/2013, 2015/2016
Reserve League Championship: (winner) 2006/2007
Irish Cup: (finalist) 2013/2014
League Cup: (finalist) 2014/2015
Charity Shield: (finalist) 2014/2015
(with Lisburn Distillery)
League Cup: (winner) 2010/2011
(with Crusaders)
Irish League Championship: (runner-up) 2016/2017
County Antrim Shield: (finalist) 2016/2017

International Honours
Northern Ireland Under-19
Northern Ireland Under-17

Last updated: 22 August 2017

 Goals Scored
Dec 7th, 2007 League  (H)  vs. Larne 3 - 0 (89')
Dec 18th, 2007 League  (A)  vs. Distillery 2 - 0 (59')
Nov 29th, 2008 League  (A)  vs. Glenavon 3 - 1 (59')
Feb 27th, 2009 League  (H)  vs. Bangor 2 - 0 (60')
Apr 11th, 2009 League  (H)  vs. Institute 1 - 0 (58')
Apr 18th, 2009 League  (A)  vs. Dungannon Swifts 3 - 4 (18')
Sep 15th, 2009 League  (A)  vs. Distillery 2 - 0 (23')
Sep 19th, 2009 League  (H)  vs. Portadown 2 - 1 (44')
Sep 29th, 2009 County Antrim Shield  (A)  vs. Donegal Celtic 4 - 1 (52')
Sep 29th, 2009 County Antrim Shield  (A)  vs. Donegal Celtic 4 - 1 (17')
Oct 24th, 2009 League  (H)  vs. Crusaders 2 - 0 (63')
Jan 26th, 2010 League  (A)  vs. Coleraine 1 - 3 (60')
Sep 15th, 2012 League  (H)  vs. Dungannon Swifts 1 - 1 (82')
Sep 25th, 2012 County Antrim Shield  (H)  vs. Cliftonville 1 - 0 (32')
Oct 20th, 2012 League  (A)  vs. Distillery 4 - 0 (57')
Dec 29th, 2012 League  (H)  vs. Distillery 3 - 3 (76')
Jan 4th, 2013 League  (H)  vs. Ballinamallard Utd 3 - 0 (49')
Feb 2nd, 2013 League  (A)  vs. Linfield 2 - 2 (90')
Feb 2nd, 2013 League  (A)  vs. Linfield 2 - 2 (71')
Mar 2nd, 2013 League  (H)  vs. Donegal Celtic 2 - 2 (31')
Apr 2nd, 2013 League  (H)  vs. Portadown 6 - 1 (18')
Apr 2nd, 2013 League  (H)  vs. Portadown 6 - 1 (4')
Apr 2nd, 2013 League  (H)  vs. Portadown 6 - 1 (44')
Sep 24th, 2013 County Antrim Shield  (H)  vs. Donegal Celtic 1 - 0 (36')
Oct 8th, 2013 League Cup  (H)  vs. Ballinamallard Utd 3 - 0 (36')
Oct 26th, 2013 League  (H)  vs. Linfield 1 - 4 (47')
Nov 9th, 2013 League  (A)  vs. Cliftonville 1 - 2 (44')
Nov 12th, 2013 League Cup  (H)  vs. Portadown 4 - 0 (7')
Nov 16th, 2013 League  (H)  vs. Ards 4 - 2 (9')
Nov 23rd, 2013 League  (A)  vs. Warrenpoint Town 2 - 0 (28')
Dec 17th, 2013 League Cup  (A)  vs. Crusaders 3 - 4 (27')
Dec 17th, 2013 League Cup  (A)  vs. Crusaders 3 - 4 (24')
Dec 17th, 2013 League Cup  (A)  vs. Crusaders 3 - 4 (45')
Dec 21st, 2013 League  (H)  vs. Crusaders 1 - 0 (42')
Jan 4th, 2014 League  (H)  vs. Ballinamallard Utd 1 - 0 (62')
Feb 8th, 2014 Irish Cup  (A)  vs. Linfield 2 - 1 (66')
Feb 22nd, 2014 League  (H)  vs. Warrenpoint Town 3 - 2 (24')
Feb 22nd, 2014 League  (H)  vs. Warrenpoint Town 3 - 2 (45') p
Aug 9th, 2014 League  (H)  vs. Warrenpoint Town 2 - 0 (15')
Aug 23rd, 2014 League  (A)  vs. Dungannon Swifts 3 - 0 (44')
Aug 29th, 2014 League  (A)  vs. Glenavon 1 - 2 (85')
Sep 23rd, 2014 County Antrim Shield  (A)  vs. Donegal Celtic 3 - 0 (94')
Sep 23rd, 2014 County Antrim Shield  (A)  vs. Donegal Celtic 3 - 0 (88')
Sep 23rd, 2014 County Antrim Shield  (A)  vs. Donegal Celtic 3 - 0 (106') p
Jan 24th, 2015 League Cup  (N)  vs. Cliftonville 2 - 3 (52')
Jan 24th, 2015 League Cup  (N)  vs. Cliftonville 2 - 3 (58')
Jan 31st, 2015 League  (A)  vs. Linfield 1 - 2 (17')
Feb 7th, 2015 Irish Cup  (A)  vs. Cliftonville 2 - 1 (90')
Feb 7th, 2015 Irish Cup  (A)  vs. Cliftonville 2 - 1 (90')
Sep 1st, 2015 League Cup  (A)  vs. Moyola Park 4 - 1 (75')
Sep 12th, 2015 League  (H)  vs. Cliftonville 6 - 1 (56')
Sep 22nd, 2015 County Antrim Shield  (H)  vs. Glebe Rangers 5 - 0 (62')
Sep 26th, 2015 League  (A)  vs. Warrenpoint Town 2 - 1 (47')
Oct 17th, 2015 League  (A)  vs. Glenavon 1 - 3 (12')
Oct 24th, 2015 League  (H)  vs. Dungannon Swifts 1 - 0 (90')
Oct 27th, 2015 County Antrim Shield  (A)  vs. Crusaders 2 - 0 (55')
Oct 31st, 2015 League  (A)  vs. Carrick Rangers 2 - 2 (56')
Oct 31st, 2015 League  (A)  vs. Carrick Rangers 2 - 2 (64')
Dec 1st, 2015 County Antrim Shield  (A)  vs. Larne 3 - 2 (108')
Dec 19th, 2015 League  (H)  vs. Linfield 1 - 3 (34')
Dec 26th, 2015 League  (A)  vs. Coleraine 1 - 2 (31')
Jan 1st, 2016 League  (A)  vs. Portadown 4 - 3 (69')
Jan 12th, 2016 County Antrim Shield  (A)  vs. Linfield 3 - 2 (59')
Feb 27th, 2016 League  (H)  vs. Dungannon Swifts 2 - 4 (27')
Apr 16th, 2016 League  (A)  vs. Carrick Rangers 2 - 0 (38')

 Hat-Tricks
Apr 2nd, 2013 League  (H)  vs. Portadown 6 - 1 (3 goals)
Dec 17th, 2013 League Cup  (A)  vs. Crusaders 3 - 4 (3 goals)
Sep 23rd, 2014 County Antrim Shield  (A)  vs. Donegal Celtic 3 - 0 (3 goals)