Cushley frustrated by keeper Tuffey’s heroics in weekend loss

David Cushley celebrates with team-mate Tony Kane after putting Ballymena United ahead in Saturday's defeat at Glenavon. Picture: Press Eye.
David Cushley celebrates with team-mate Tony Kane after putting Ballymena United ahead in Saturday's defeat at Glenavon. Picture: Press Eye.

David Cushley could have been forgiven for seeing Glenavon goalkeeper Jonathan Tuffey in his sleep at the weekend.

The Ballymena United winger was a central figure in his side’s 3-1 defeat at Mournview Park, putting United in front but then seeing a host of other chances thwarted by Tuffey, including a superb penalty save to keep out Cushley’s second half spot kick.

“It was one of those days where nothing came off for me,” said a rueful Cushley.

“I missed the penalty, the keeper made a couple of good saves, I had a shot that went wide and a header cleared off the line.

“What can you do when you come up against a keeper who plays like that?

“It’s a tough one to take, especially after we played so well.

“There were spells in the game where we played some fantastic football and our breakways and one-twos were superb.”

It’s the third Saturday in a row that United have produced an encouraging display but ultimately no points, after previous defeats by Crusaders and Portadown.

“We’ve had the performances in the last three games but not the results.

“It’s frustrating but we have to keep the head down during the week and get back to winning, hopefully.

I’ve been happy enough with my form at times but there are also times where things haven’t come off for me, with my shooting.

“We have to start picking up points and start climbing back up the table again,” added Cushley.