The Atlanta Silverbacks lead the Carolina RailHawks, 1-0, at halftime at Atlanta Silverbacks Park. A sixth-minute goal from forward Ruben Luna, his fourth of the season, gave the Silverbacks an early lead that they wouldn’t relinquish for the remainder of the opening half.
Luna raced clear of the offside trap on a breakaway, rounded keeper Akira Fitzgerald, and slotted the ball home from an acute angle with defender paul Hamilton unable to clear the ball off the line.
Luna had another glorious opportunity go just wide of the goal midway through the first half, with RailHawks goalkeeper Fitzgerald coming up big to tip it wide. The final 10 minutes of the half belonged to the visitors, however, with numerous scoring chances coming close to resulting in the equalizer.
Silverbacks Head Coach Brian Haynes was satisfied with his team’s performance in the opening 45 minutes. “We’ve worked hard and we’ve got our goal, so now it’s a question of putting the next 45 minutes together,” Haynes said. “We have to keep a clean sheet in the second half. I’m going to go in and get the boys to try to pull out a win here.”
RailHawks coach Colin Clarke admitted: “I’m disappointed how we started, but since the goal we’ve created the better chances. We’ve got to continue to play the way we did at the end of the first half and get some chances in front of goal.”
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