By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Despite the Australians enjoying the dominant share of possession in the first half, the Lions created the more clear-cut openings, with the first coming in the 14th minute when Faris Ramli saw his effort saved by Aaron Lennox, after some nice passing between Ignatius Ang and Ahmad Suhaimi.
Singapore midfielder Aqhari Abdullah then should have broken the deadlock shortly after when he intercepted a pass from Lennox, only to rush his shot straight back at the goalkeeper.
Australia were then reduced to ten men three minutes before the break when captain Terry Antonis was handed his marching orders for an off-the-ball incident, and the numerical advantage allowed Mike Wong's charges to gain the ascendancy in the second half.
However, it was the Australians who created the best chance of the second half when Nick Fitzgerald pounced on a loose ball inside the area and sent an effort towards goal, only to be denied by a brilliant save from Courts Young Lions custodian Syazwan Buhari.
Two minutes from time, Singapore's frustration at their inability to capitalise on their dominance boiled over when substitute Farhan Rahmat, who had only been on the pitch for ten minutes, was sent off for rash tackle.
And while Lions coach Mike Wong admitted their opponents had posed a tough test, he believes his players could have been better in attack.
"It was a tough game for us as Australia are a very strong team," he said after the game. "The players did a lot of running and it was not easy especially with the hot weather.
"We could have done much better offensively. For now, we will look at a game at a time, and next up is Macau and we are here to compete and win."
Singapore midfielder Faris Ramli echoed his coach's sentiments, although he believes there are positives for his side to take from Tuesday's result.
"I am pleased with our performance as all the boys gave their all during the whole of the 90 minutes played," Faris said.
"We could have won the game, and I had a good chance of scoring one just now, but unfortunately, we did not convert our chances. But it is an important one point for us."
The result also allowed Japan to edge ahead at the top of Group E after they kept up their winning record with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Timor Leste, which came courtesy of Masaya Mastumoto's 24th-minute winner.
In the day's late kickoff, group hosts Indonesia moved ahead of Singapore in third place after beating Macau 2-1. Persija Jakarta forward Hendra Bayauw opened the scoring in the 24th minute before grabbing a second a minute before the break, although Macau gave the Indonesians a nervy second half after pulling one back through Pang Chi Hang in the 63rd minute.
Tuesday's AFC U-22 Asian Cup Qualifying Results
Timor Leste 0-1 Japan
Australia 0-0 Singapore
Macau 1-2 Indonesia