‘It was the best day of my life so far’ - Cotter reflects on impressive Ipswich debut

PUBLISHED: 19:11 11 April 2018 | UPDATED: 19:25 11 April 2018

Barry Cotter celebrates with the fans after the Ipswich Town v Barnsley  match.    Picture: STEVE WALLER     WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

Barry Cotter celebrates with the fans after the Ipswich Town v Barnsley match. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

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Barry Cotter has described his debut against Barnsley on Tuesday night as the ‘best day of my life’.

Ex-Town manager Mick McCarthy has a few words with Barry Cotter after he had substituted him in the Ipswich Town v Barnsley match.    Picture: STEVE WALLEREx-Town manager Mick McCarthy has a few words with Barry Cotter after he had substituted him in the Ipswich Town v Barnsley match. Picture: STEVE WALLER

The 19-year-old Irishman, signed from Limerick for £50,000 in January, put in an excellent display on the right side of the Ipswich defence, showing a calmness and composure belying the fact his senior experience previously consisted of just 11 starts in his homeland.

He showed his ability on the ball too as he made runs forward, sprayed 50-yard passes and got forward well before being substituted before the hour mark.

Cotter received a standing ovation as he left the field while fans also vented their displeasure at McCarthy’s decision to remove him early, before the young defender saluted the North Stand at the final whistle.

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Barry Cotter rises high above Adam Hammill to win the ball in the Ipswich Town v Barnsley (Sky Bet Championship) match.    Picture: STEVE WALLER     WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COMBarry Cotter rises high above Adam Hammill to win the ball in the Ipswich Town v Barnsley (Sky Bet Championship) match. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

“(Tuesday) was a very proud day for my family and I making my full professional debut in the EFL Championship under Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich Town FC,” he wrote on Instagram.

“Words can not describe the respect I have for him buying me from Ireland and giving me the opportunity to go out on such a big stage and express myself so soon.

“It has been a pleasure working for him and TC, Thank you for giving me the best day of my life so far and would like to thank the fans for welcoming me with open arms and for the standing ovation at the end.

“Also happy to have started my career with a three points at home!”

Barry Cotter lines up ahead of his Town debut in the Ipswich Town v Barnsley (Sky Bet Championship) match.    Picture: STEVE WALLER     WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COMBarry Cotter lines up ahead of his Town debut in the Ipswich Town v Barnsley (Sky Bet Championship) match. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

Barry Cotter with an effort that missed the target late in the first half.    Picture: STEVE WALLER     WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COMBarry Cotter with an effort that missed the target late in the first half. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

Barry Cotter rues a missed chance late in the first half.    Picture: STEVE WALLER     WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COMBarry Cotter rues a missed chance late in the first half. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

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