It was the first time Home United faced the pressure of being a front runner and ultimately they failed the test.
A win against Sengkang Punggol will have given Home United top spot for the next 48 hours but they were fortunate to walk away with 1 point in the end.
At half-time, the Protectors were down 0-2 with goals from Mamadou Diallo and Jordan Webb.
Left with the chance their title hopes be left in tatters, the Protectors fought back to 2-2 within 20 minutes of the second period with goals from Choi Chul Woo and Shi Jia Yi.
But still with half an hour to go, the Protectors were unable to score again and they were left to ponder what might have been.
They have now climbed up to second but have played a game more than their two rivals, Tampines Rover and Etoile FC, who are meeting head on and this should have been the start of a championship charge.
But now, their rivals have been let off the hook.
Pressure got to their head? Only they know.
Lionel Lewis (GK), Juma'at Jantan, Shahril Alias, Valery Hiek, Rosman Sulaiman, Shi Jiayi, Choi Chul Woo, Chun Jae Woon, (Firdaus Idros) Firdaus Kasman, (Zulfadli Zainal Abidin) Jun Woo Keun, Shahril Ishak(C)
Fadhil Salim (GK), Ratna Suffian, Lau Meng Meng, Kenji Arai, Jordan Webb, Nor Azli Yusoff (C), (Shahir Hamzah) An Jae Cheul, (Jala) Farizal Basri, Duncan Elias, (Zul Nor Farahin ) Sobrie Mazelan, Mamadou Diallo
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