Cork City 2 West Ham United 6

Sunday, 7th July 2013
by Staff Writer

West Ham's pre-season got off to a flying start here in Cork tonight as Big Sam's boys thrashed their hosts by six goals to two.

Goals from Alou Diarra and Joe Cole gave the Hammers an early two-goal advantage before the hosts reduced the deficit through Rundle to keep within reach of United at the break.

The visitors had a chance to extend their lead just 90 seconds after the restart but Mark Noble saw his spot kick saved by City 'keeper Kevin Burns. However West Ham finally restored their two-goal lead on the hour mark when a low Matt Taylor drive whistled into the back of the next.

It was 4-1 ten minutes later when Paul McCallum combined with Danny Whitehead to finish with a fine header - and Mark Noble redeemed himself for his earlier miss with a converted spot kick with 15 minutes of normal time remaining.

Still not done, United added a sixth goal when the lively Ravel Morrison scored his first goal for the first team squad with a fierce drive after being set up by goalscorer McCallum.

But the final cheer of the night was reserved for the home side who grabbed their second goal of the game through Morrissey, who converted a Kilduff cross from close range.

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Player Ratings

Jussi Jaaskelainen
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Guy Demel
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Danny Potts
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Titus Bramble
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James Collins
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Alou Diarra
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Jack Collison
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Joe Cole
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Matt Jarvis
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Kevin Nolan
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Modibo Maiga
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Adrian San Miguel del Castillo
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Razvan Rat
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Winston Reid
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James Tomkins
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Mark Noble
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Ravel Morrison
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Ricardo Vaz Te
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Match Facts

West Ham United: Jussi Jaaskelainen, Guy Demel, Danny Potts, Titus Bramble, James Collins, Alou Diarra, Jack Collison, Joe Cole, Matt Jarvis, Kevin Nolan, Modibo Maiga.

Goals: Alou Diarra 5 Joe Cole 18 Matt Taylor 62 Paul McCallum 72 Mark Noble 73 Ravel Morrison 85        .

Booked: None booked.           .

Sent Off: None sent off.     .

Cork City: Burns, D.Murphy, Duggan, Behan, Rundle, Furlong, Dunleavy, Spillane, Kenny, Buckley, Browne.

Subs not used: None.

Goals: Rundle, Morrissey..

Booked: n/a.

Sent off: None.

Referee: Padraig Sutton.

Attendance: 4,213.

Man of the Match: Ravel Morrison.