Head coach Stephen Frail was in positive spirits after a tough display from his Under-17s that ultimately ended in defeat against Greece in Dungannon.
Frail told us: "The boys stuck to what we set out to do defensively and offensively but we just gave away cheap goals in poor areas at bad times of the game.
"That cost us in the end but there's a lot of positives to take too with the new faces coming into the squad."
The U17s had called up nine new faces to the panel to take on Greece after losing several players to injuries.
"We will need to get back out onto the training pitch before Thursday and run through some set plays with the new players to help get them adjusted and settled into the squad.
"This was a chance to see some new players ahead of the Elite round in March in Holland. There's 20-30 players there all trying to get into those 20 places." he revealed.
Northern Ireland's only scorer in Dungannon, Chris McKee, was thrilled with his contribution.
"It was a well worked free-kick, it's something we've been working on and I was just buzzing to get on the end of it," he said.
"When I score for my country it's just amazing. It was brilliant celebrating in front of my family and getting them to watch me score."
You can watch an interview with manager Stephen Frail and goalscorer Chris McKee by clicking on the image at the top of the page.