Home United held leader Tampines Rovers to a 0-0 draw despite playing with 10 men for the last half an hour.
It was an impressive defensive performance by the Home rearguards led by former Cameroon international Valery Hiek but their attack continue to lack the spark since the departure of Peres.
For much of the period before the red card to Isa Halim, the Stags were the more impressive team and could have taken the lead with the main 'culprit' being Aleksandar Duric.
The scorer of 289 goals in the domestic game and when presented with a 1 on 1 situation with the keeper, in first stoppage time, after a cross from the right he blasted it wide.
But this was overshadow by the red card given to Singapore midfielder Isa Halim after referee Abdul Malik ruled the player 'elbow' Khairul Amri in the face.
Fellow Protectors flew into a rage as they protested to the referee, as well as Khairul Amri, and Shariff Samat was give a yellow card when he 'questioned' the referee for far too long.
Still, the Protectors rally themselves to deny the Stags the winner even with a man advantage.
Hassan Sunny, (Ismadi Mukhtar) Zahid Ahmad, Seiji Kaneko, Zulkarnaen Zainal (C), Benoit Croissant, Akihiro Nakamura, Imran Sahib, (Jamil Ali) Shukor Zailan, (Khairul Amri) Aliff Shafaein, Aleksandar Duric, Qiu Li
Lionel Lewis, Juma’at Jantan, Shariff Samat, Valery Hiek, (Firdaus Indros) Shi Jia Yi, Rosman Sulaiman, Shahdan Sulaiman, Isa Halim, (Sherif El-Masri) Sharil Ishak (C), (Firdaus Kasman) Naufal Omar Ashiblie, Choi Chul Woo