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Swifts’ teenager captains NI Schoolboys

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

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Dungannon Swifts full-back Coalin Coyle captained Northern Ireland U18 schoolboys in a 0-0 stalemate against Scotland in the 2018 Centenary Shield.
The 17 year old, who signed a professional contract with the Swifts in May 2017, played the full 90 minutes and contributed towards the clean sheet in his side's opening game of the campaign.
It was a game of few opportunities as both sides restricted the oppositions chances on goal, but approaching the final 10 minutes Coyle was called into action, fantastically blocking the originally goalbound shot from the Scottish winger, before Northern Irish 'keeper Declan Dunne superbly saving the rebounder.
To be named captain of his side at such a young age and to perform as he did is yet another accolade in an impressively growing CV for the highly talented teenager.
Northern Ireland U18s will face Wales on Thursday, 15 March at Newry Showgrounds, kick off at 3:00pm.
Coyle has been a squad regular in the Swift's team, following his debut against Portadown at Stangmore Park near the end of last season.
Although the game finished 0-0 such international experience is sure to serve the young man well as he bids to break into the Swifts' first team in the near future.
The 17-year-old's performance was widely praised.
Taking to social media after the game a spokesperson for Dungannon Swifts said:
"Swifts player Caolin Coyle was lucky enough to play for Northern Ireland School Boys Under 18s against Scotland in the Centenary Shield. The game finished 0-0. Yet more experience for Coyler representing Dungannon in the #GAWA jersey of Northern Ireland!
Well done Caolin!"

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