Silverbacks battle to tie with Carolina

CARY, N.C. - In their first Southern Derby Cup match of the season, the Atlanta Silverbacks drew even with the Carolina RailHawks 2-2.

David Hayes scored the equalizing goal in the 83rd minute, just a minute after Carolina's Jamil Walker put the RailHawks on top 2-1 with a goal of his own.

In the first half, Jason McLaughlin put Atlanta on top first 1-0 off an assist from Ansu Toure in the 16th minute. But former Silverback Daniel Antoniuk tied the game up 12 minutes later.

Both Atlanta's Ryan McIntosh and Carolina's Chris McCellan allowed two goals and made four saves in the net. Carolina outshot Atlanta 11-10 and won five corners to Atlanta's four. The RailHawks also had the rougher end of play, committing 15 fouls to the Silverbacks' 12.

The Southern Derby Cup is a fan-created battle between USL First Division teams in the southeastern United States. The RailHawks won the contest last season in their first year of play. Atlanta's next Cup matchup will be May 24 on the road against Charleston.

Notes: F Warren Ukah is expected to miss the remainder of the season from a knee injury sustained in a collision with Seattle goalkeeper Chris Eylander on May 2. MRI results have not come in, but Ukah is expected to undergo surgery. ... Macoumba Kandji was scratched from the lineup due to a nagging knee injury. He may return to the lineup for Friday's match against Minnesota. ... The two goals scored by the Silverbacks were their first ever at WakeMed Soccer Park. Last year, both Carolina-Atlanta matches ended in 0-0 ties.