Joseph Olowu scored his first goal for Cork City on Friday, but the match ended in disappointment after he picked up a hamstring injury.

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
SSE Airtricity League, Cork City’s Joseph Olowu with Daniel O’Reilly and Ciaran Kilduff of Shelbourne. (Photo ©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo)

Arsenal loanee Joseph Olowu scored the first goal of his temporary spell on Friday against Derry City, before also suffering a hamstring injury in the opening 45 minutes.

It only took three minutes for the centre-back to get on the scoresheet, after going up for a set-piece. After some confusion following the initial cross, Olowu stabbed home the loose ball to give his side a rare away lead.

It didn’t last, unfortunately. Just before the half-hour mark, Olowu went down off the ball holding his hamstring. The physio came on, and four minutes later, the defender went off.

Cork fell apart after the break, scoring an own-goal equaliser before Derry took the lead a minute later. The away side just about kept themselves in it at 2-1 until the 90th minute, when a third goal from James Akintunde killed the game.

It’s a big shame for Olowu, on the back of his best run of games so far. Following a tough start to the season for an inexperienced side, they’d kept three consecutive clean sheets. Including the opening 33 minutes Olowu played against Derry, it was 419 minutes without conceding.

The centre-back will now have to focus on making a speedy recovery.