Arsenal loanee Joseph Olowu made his return to the pitch for Cork City in a difficult match against Bohemians on Sunday.

SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Turner's Cross, Cork 14/2/2020 Cork City vs Shelbourne Cork City's Joseph Olowu Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo
SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Turner’s Cross, Cork. Cork City’s Joseph Olowu on 14th February 2020. (Photo credit: ©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo)

As we mentioned before the game, this was the first match for Cork City and Joseph Olowu since before the lockdown. It was almost five months since they last played, with Irish football taking a longer break than most.

The circumstances were particularly tough for the Arsenal loanee, as he had to wait longer to rejoin full squad training whilst quarantining after his return from London.

Perhaps that explains why he had a bit of a slow start to the match.

Joseph Olowu v Bohemians
Joseph Olowu v Bohemians

In the early minutes, Olowu and his defensive partners were slow to react to a shot from range, as Andre Wright quickly stole in to finish a chance on the rebound for Bohemians.

Olowu then picked up a yellow card whilst lunging to win the ball after a heavy first touch. Many fans of the away side believed he was lucky to get away without a red.

To compound matters, the defender went down in the second half with a knock, but he recovered to finish the match.

It ended 1-0, with Cork City rueing their early errors.

All in all, the kind of first game back you expect after so little preparation. At least they kept the scoreline low.

Olowu will just have to build on his performance in the next game which comes on Saturday against Waterford.

Cork are currently bottom of the League of Ireland division after six games with just three points and a minus 11 goal difference (scored 1, conceded 12).