Joseph Olowu helped Cork City keep a clean sheet against Finn Harps for their first win of the season on Friday, earning praise from the fans.

SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Turner's Cross, Cork 14/2/2020 Cork City vs Shelbourne Cork City's Joseph Olowu with Daniel O’Reilly and Ciaran Kilduff of Shelbourne Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo
Cork City’s Joseph Olowu with Daniel O’Reilly and Ciaran Kilduff of Shelbourne (Photo via ©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo)

Cork City had a tough start to their new campaign this month, after signing Olowu on loan from Arsenal. They lost narrowly and late to Shelbourne, before suffering further defeats to top-two sides Shamrock Rovers and Dundalk.

They faced Finn Harps on Friday, who had won and drawn their first two games. Olowu started at centre-back for the home side, helping them to keep a clean sheet in a 1-0 win. The three points lift them off the bottom of the table and get their season going.

The fans really enjoyed Olowu’s performance, in particular, taking to Twitter to share their gratitude:

A few fans even met up with the Arsenal youth defender after the game:

Olowu post-match reaction

Speaking to Irish Football Fan TV after the game, Olowu discussed the performance. Obviously coming off a couple of disappointing defeats, albeit against strong opposition, the centre-back was clearly happy to get back on track.

“Fantastic,” Olowu responded when asked for his reaction. “First half, didn’t really start off too well, but we dug in. Got fortunate with the disallowed goal and then went in 0-0 at half time.

“We just had to buckle up, had to get ourselves together, encourage each other and get ready for the second half. We came out fighting in the second half and I think it showed in the result.”