Cork City and Arsenal loanee Joseph Olowu saw relegation confirmed with another defeat this weekend, dropping down to the first division.

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 14/2/2020 (Photo Credit ¬©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo)

Joseph Olowu started for loan club Cork City this weekend, in a 2-1 defeat to Sligo Rovers. With Finn Harps going on to win later in the day, that left City four points clear at the bottom of the table with just one game remaining.

The result is that the club will drop down to the League of Ireland First Division ahead of next season. They still have one game left on November 8th against Derry City FC, but nothing really to play for.

The biggest problem for Cork was certainly scoring goals. They only managed nine all season, with three of them coming in a single game against Sligo Rovers. They didn’t score twice in another match over the entire campaign.

That meant that even when Olowu helped the team a clean sheet, as he did in five of his 16 appearances, or kept the opposition to just one goal, as he did in a further four, it rarely led to his side picking up the three points they needed.

The good news for Olowu is that he played regularly. The only three games he missed were through a hamstring injury, he was never dropped out of the side when fit. So the manager clearly didn’t blame him for the team’s poor results.

The 20-year-old still didn’t play as much as he would’ve wanted, thanks to a severe shortening of the league season due to the pandemic. But that’s the same for everyone in football this year.

Aside from that, it’s going to be a disappointing end to the campaign for the Arsenal academy defender. He’ll return to the u23s after he completes the season next month.