West Ham beat Cork City 6-2 in first pre-season friendly
Last Updated: 07/07/13 9:27pm
Joe Cole: Scored one and made one in West Ham's 6-2 win over Cork
West Ham United kicked off their pre-season friendly programme with a convincing 6-2 victory over Cork City.
Sam Allardyce's side have spent the past few days training in Ireland and used 21 players against Cork, including former Sunderland defender Titus Bramble.
The Premier League club made a flying start to the game as Alou Diarra headed home Joe Cole's corner after just five minutes and the same two players were involved in the second goal on 18 minutes.
Diarra picked up possession and fed Kevin Nolan, who played in Cole to finish, and it was almost 3-0 on the half-hour when Modibo Maiga clipped the crossbar.
Cork pulled a goal back on 38 minutes through former Rochdale winger Adam Rundle and the hosts were given a reprieve two minutes into the second half when Mark Noble saw a penalty saved after Ravel Morrison had been fouled.
Matt Taylor drilled home a low shot from 25 yards on 62 minutes and West Ham made it 4-1 on 72 minutes when new signing Danny Whitehead's cross was headed home by Paul McCallum.
Noble was successful from the penalty spot a minute later and Morrison got in on the act with five minutes to go before Cork notched a second through Rob Lehane.