West Ham returned to action in style yesterday as they beat Irish outfit Cork City 6-2 in their first friendly of pre-season.
Goals from Alou Diarra, Joe Cole, Mark Noble, Matty Taylor, Paul McCallum and Ravel Morrison saw Sam Allardyce’s side convincingly brush aside Cork at the end of a successful week-long training camp in Ireland. It could have been seven, however, with Noble unusually missing a penalty early in the second half.
The Hammers fielded completely different sides in each half at Turner’s Cross, including a first-half outing for trialist Titus Bramble.
The game was a huge success for both sides as Cork appeared to thoroughly enjoy hosting the Hammers and the hosts’ chairman Mick Ring paid tribute to the conduct of the club’s players, staff and supporters via Twitter:
— Mick Ring (@MickRing83) July 7, 2013
Allardyce’s side travel to Boreham Wood on Wednesday night for their second pre-season game as they continue their preparations for the 2013/2014 Premier League season.