Football: Mac's happy with goal-shy battlers; Italy 2 N Ireland 0.SAMMY McILROY Samuel Baxter "Sammy" McIlroy (b. 2 August 1954, Belfast, Northern Ireland) is a Northern Irish former international footballer whose clubs included Manchester United. After playing, he managed several English football teams and the Northern Irish national team. told his battling youngsters to "hold their heads up high" after forcing Italy to scrap for a victory.
Roma striker Marco Delvecchio Marco Delvecchio (sometimes erroneously spelled Del Vecchio; born April 7, 1973 in Milan) is an Italian football player. He is a versatile forward being able to play in midfield. His main attributes were his ariel ability, finishing and positioning skills. wrapped up the win in the 67th minute, adding to Bernardo Corradi's first-half opener.
But Northern Ireland Northern Ireland: see Ireland, Northern.
Part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland occupying the northeastern portion of the island of Ireland. Area: 5,461 sq mi (14,144 sq km). Population (2001): 1,685,267. 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."