| Fadhil Yunus |
ROY O’Donovan turned from villain to hero yesterday as he rescued a point for DPMM FC in a 1-1 draw against Home United in the first leg of the RHB Singapore Cup semi-final at Bishan Stadium.
DPMM FC striker O’Donovan was clumsily brought down Home United’s Qiu Li in the box in the first-half, leaving referee Jansen Foo no choice but to point to the spot.
Lee Kwan Woo’s penalty was initially saved but he was fastest to react to the rebound to put the hosts in front.
O’Donovan, however, redeemed himself as he scored a goal – his sixth of the tournament – to level the score at 1-1 after the breather.
After suffering two consecutive losses that came in dramatic fashion against Home United this season, DPMM FC had the chance to give the Protectors a taste of their own medicine.
The visitors were relentless as the match approached the end of 90 minutes.
However, the flurry of attacks that pinned’s Home United defence failed to call the homesters’ keeper into action as both team were forced to settle for a draw.
With an away goal advantage, DPMM FC looked the happier of the two sides who will meet again for the second-leg encounter this Friday.