DAVID FORDE: The oldest debutant since the Second World War was well guarded by his defence in the first half, although he made one fingertip stop which the linesman missed.
Was a similar story until the final quarter when one strong fist and one good stop completed a competent showing.
A big honour for the temporary skipper, who started the game with two loose touches yet quickly regrouped to become part of a defence which Italy couldn't breach. On the edge at times, but that's how he rolls. In this environment, it was effective.SEAN ST LEDGER
Performance has to be rated in context that he hadn't kicked a ball in a match situation since March. A fine outing from the Preston man, who almost got Ireland into trouble with a stray pass at the start of the second half, but otherwise let nothing past. DARREN O'DEA
Trapattoni enjoys O'Dea's old-fashioned style, and his early reducer on Giuseppe Rossi was a throwback. Set the tone for a fantastic display from the Celtic man which should do his club prospects no harm. Stand-out considering he was carrying an injury.STEPHEN WARD
His sternest test at international level, and the Wolves defender responded to the task. This was a test of concentration, with Italy having so much time on the ball, and he made one telling second-half interception when the men in black were stretched.SEAMUS COLEMAN
His grounding as a defender stood well to the ex-Sligo Rovers man here as he was pressed back in the first half. Shipped a couple of knocks as he threw his body into some ferocious tackles, but returned stronger and was top class under pressure after the resumption.KEITH ANDREWS
Probably wishing the season would go on as he's just coming back to himself now. Was passed around at times, with the Italians having strength in numbers, yet stood up to deliver the deadlock breaker. Combative in the second half.
The Wolves man is more at home either at right-back or the right side of midfield, but is tidy enough on the ball and put in a solid shift in central midfield. Only disappointment will be a couple of errant passes when Ireland were in a good position.
Was an injury doubt coming into the game but plays at such a high tempo that you wouldn't ever think it. Marauded around with intent throughout and never let the intensity drop. Fitting that he was at heart of the counterattack for the insurance goal.ANDY KEOGH
A spirited showing from another man who is likely to be on the move this summer. You can see why Trapattoni likes him: he's a trier who did well to win possession on occasions, even if he undid good work by promptly giving it away. Ran himself into the ground.
With Keogh dropping to help midfield, Long was on the shoulder of the Italian defensive line all evening. Squandered a fine early chance, but kept going to win the free-kick that led to the opening goal. Replaced after some tired touches at start of the second half.GIOVANNI TRAPATTONI
Went into this game short of his stars, and yet his stand-ins were organised enough to frustrate the Italians in the first half and grab the initiative. Used the bench well to see out a win that will give him bragging rights in Milan this summer. Not a bad few weeks for the 72-year-old -- Played 4 Won 4 Scored 10 Conceded 0.
Glenn Whelan 7 (for Foley 59) -- His experience was apparent in some tight situations. Brought on to steady the ship and did what was asked of him.
Simon Cox 6 (for Long 59) -- New boy was barracked by team-mates for taking some bad positions, but was in the right place to tap home the second.
Keith Treacy 6 (for Keogh 74) -- Will benefit from this cameo. Played his part in the spirited final quarter hour.
Stephen Kelly 6 (for O'Dea 83) -- Conceded one free-kick; otherwise did what he was asked to do.
Damien Delaney (for Ward 90) -- Not on long enough to rate.