DPMM FC remain firmly in the running to win the treble after coming from behind to force a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their Singapore Cup semi-final against Home United.
Currently leading the S.League by five points and having already won the Singapore League Cup, the Bruneian side entered Tuesday’s clash at the Bishan Stadium looking to move one step closer to booking their place in the final.
However, it was the Protectors who started the game the brighter of the two sides and Lee Kwan-woo came close twice inside the opening seven minutes; forcing Wardun Yussof into an uncertain save straight from a corner before sending a 20-yard freekick fizzing past the far post.
But six minutes after the half-hour mark, the ex-Korea Republic international duly opened the scoring when he fired home on the rebound after his initial penalty had been saved by Wardun, following a foul on Qiu Li by Helmi Zambin inside the box.
Home continued to create the better chances in the second half but were just unable to add a second with Bruno Castanheira failing to beat Wardun in a one-on-one situation on the hour mark, before Yasir Hanapi narrowly missed connecting with a Fazli Ayob cross from four yards out in the 71st minute.
And with 15 minutes remaining, DPMM went on to force the draw after Roy O’Donovan managed to break free inside the box following a quickly-taken throw-in before squeezing his shot past Shahril Jantan at the near post.
Both sides meet again in the return encounter on Friday at the Jalan Besar Stadium, where Home will be looking to extend their unbeaten record against their opponents this season.
Home United: Shahril Jantan, Masrezwan Masturi, Song Inyoung, Song In-young, Sirina Camara, Juma’at Jantan, Noh Rahman, Lee Kwan-woo, Yasir Hanapi (Ahmed Fahmie 83’), Qiu Li (Fazli Ayob 56’), Bruno Castanheira, Fazrul Nawaz (Kwon Da-kyung 46’).
DPMM FC: Wardun Yussof, Helmi Zambin, Abdul Aziz Tamit (Shahrulrizal Abdul Rahman 78’), Boris Raspudic, Azwan Saleh, Rosmin Kamis, Roberto Alviz, Azwan Ali, Adi Said, Roy O’Donovan, Rodrigo Tosi.