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U-18s icon Colhoun hangs up boots

THE Ireland U-18 Schools international side will enter a new era this year when they embark on a campaign without veteran coach Hugh Colhoun.

AFTER 14 seasons involved with the representative side, Colhoun is stepping away from the Irish management team to take up the role of principal at his school Laurence College in Loughlinstown.

The Donegal native joined the schools international boys team coaching set-up back in 1999 and has been part of four Centenary Shield successes - with a shared title thrown in for good measure.

Perhaps more impressive is the legacy of excellence the UEFA 'A' Coach leaves behind having groomed players like current Irish internationals John O'Shea and Stephen Ward during their time with the schools team.

Ireland captured one of their four Centenary Shield title successes under Colhoun's management in 2004, while last year he served as coach to manager Ollie Horgan.

Horgan and assistant Dave Archbold will now look for a coach to fill Colhoun's boots as they aim to regain the title in the New Year.