ENNIS teenager and Neymar look-a-like Barry Cotter capped a week to remember by scoring his first goal for new club Limerick FC on Sunday.
The 16-year-old attracted the attention of the world’s media due to his uncanny resemblance to Barcelona’s Brazilian superstar. Cotter’s striking similarity with one of the world’s best players went viral online last week after photos accompanying an interview were released by Limerick FC.Numerous media outlets including the Guardian, BBC and Fox News reported Cotter’s resemblance to Neymar
“On first glance it looks like Limerick have pulled off the transfer of the century and signed Barcelona striker Neymar,” reported the BBC,
“But on closer inspection, it turns out the Barcelona striker has not swapped La Liga for the League of Ireland. It is in fact 16-year-old Barry Cotter, who bears an uncanny resemblance to the Brazil World Cup star.”
Cotter, who previously played with Avenue United and Ennis Town, joined Limerick to play with the club’s under 17 side in the inaugural League of Ireland under 17 league.
In an interview with the club’s website, Cotter outlined his plans to score one or two goals per game.
“I’ve settled in well; I’m enjoying my time here,” Barry told LimerickFC.ie. “The boys are very welcoming and especially when you need some help you can always ask the manager.
“The games have gone alright. We could ask for a lot better but we’re hoping to pick it up and it will be picked up. I was delighted to come into the club this season. I’m happy that Dave signed me and I’m just hoping for a brighter future. It’s a massive opportunity – I couldn’t ask for anymore at this time.
“Hopes for the season – I’m looking for a top-three finish, and on goals I’m looking to score at least one or two in each game for the rest of the season.”
That interview was given ahead of Limerick’s meeting with Wexford Youths on Sunday. And Cotter proved true to his word, bagging his first goal for his new club in a 4-2 victory. The teenager will be hoping to continue his good form when Limerick take on Cork City in Bishopstown on Saturday.

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