Football: Mac's happy with goal-shy battlers; Italy 2 N Ireland 0.
Roma striker Marco Delvecchio wrapped up the win in the 67th minute, adding to Bernardo Corradi's first-half opener.
But Northern Ireland boss McIlroy said he was satisfied with his side's display despite failing to break a goal-drought that has lasted 882 minutes.
McIlroy said: "I'm proud of my players. There were a lot of young players out there and I have told them they can walk out of here with their heads held high.
"They were superb against a world-class side. The only thing that bothers me is that the goal situation will dominate everything, but I'm taking a lot of postitives from the match."
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Jun 4, 2003|
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