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Pride in defeat as McIlroy plan pegs back Italians

The scoreline may have been About Prada Products inevitable Are All Prada Handbags Leather but Sammy McIlroy’s side emerged from last night’s defeat in Campobasso with pride intact and optimism renewed.

The statistic Agatha Ruiz Dela Prada Official Agatha Ruiz Dela Prada Book Bags Website of 882 minutes without a goal tells its own story but the manager and his Are Prada Mens Shoes Worth It men looked anything but daunted at facing one of Europe’s strongest teams when at the lowest of ebbs.

The visitors harried and chased to ensure the predicted landslide of home goals never materialised. A goal in each half from the Lazio striker Bernardo Corradi Authentic Prada Handbag Uk and his second-half substitute Marco Delvecchio ensured there was no shock result but, after handing first caps to six players, McIlroy was a satisfied man.

“I’m proud of my players tonight,” he said. “There were a lot of young players out there and I have told Are Prada Trainers Made In Vietnam them they can walk out of here with their heads held high. If they had got beaten five or six it could have been damaging but I thought they were superb. The only concern is that the goal situation will dominate everything but I am taking a lot of positives out of tonight.”

A predictably nervy opening suggested it could be a long night for McIlroy’s men but, after nullifying Italy’s early threat, Northern Ireland suggested the manager’s ploy of packing the midfield had the potential to unsettle the Authentic Prada Bags For Sale Philippines admittedly under-strength hosts.

Aaron Hughes, captain for the night in the absence of the injured Steve Lomas, and George McCartney provided an impressive central defensive pairing but, as the half wore on, so did the growing inevitably that the hosts would not be denied.

Corradi should have opened the scoring in the 26th minute when he outjumped the Northern Ireland defence only to head wide from close range. But the Lazio striker proved more accurate five minutes Amazon Uk Prada Shoes later from close range when he turned a cross from Massimo Oddo past the goalkeeper Maik Taylor.

Corradi’s half-time substitute, Roma’s Delvecchio, settled the game in the 67th minute with a smart solo finish from Antonio Di Natale’s through ball.

Another ultimately Authentic Prada Bags Uk frustrating evening for Northern Ireland was concluded after Hughes saw a firm header denied by the Italian goalkeeper Francesco Toldo.

Italy (4-4-2): Toldo; Oddo, Cannavaro (Ferrari replica prada outlet, 46), Legrottaglie (Bonera, 57), Grosso (Nervo, 70); Fiore, Perrotta (Tommasi, 57), Ambrosini, Di Vaio (Birindelli, 70); Miccoli (Di Natale, 57), Corradi (Delvecchio, 46).

Northern Ireland (4-5-1): Taylor (Carroll, 55); Baird, Hughes, McCartney, Kennedy (Williams, 55); Healy (Hamilton, 76), Johnson (Toner, 70), Griffin, Doherty (Elliott, 86), McVeigh (Jones, 55); Gary Smith.

Referee: L Cortez Batista (Portugal).