clear (one's) lines

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clear (one's) lines

In rugby and soccer, to kick the ball from or near one's own goal line far up the field. Though their opponents have been bringing continuous offensive pressure, the home team's defense has been there each time to clear their lines.
See also: clear, line
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The scoring was completed when Connor Janes he hooked home for his second, despite the efforts of a Saltburn defender who helped the ball into the net in trying to clear his lines, making the final score 4-1
Waterloo took the game to the opposition right from the kickoff, a forceful break by Njike Tchakacoute taking play into the Bradford '22' but with Waterloo slow to arrive the visitors turned the ball over allowing Steven Brimacombe to clear his lines.
Boaz Myhill was really keen to clear his lines at St Andrew's on Saturday.
Argentinian forward German Denis sealed the win in 65 minutes when he fired home from close range after Lecce centre-half Raffaele Schiavi failed to clear his lines.
Spartak defender Martin Stranzl failed to clear his lines and Zlatan Ibrahimovic picked up the loose ball.
Veteran defender Paul Warhurst failed to clear his lines after 34 minutes and the Frenchman lobbed the ball over Barnet goalkeeper Lee Harrison - and wrote himself into the history books.
Rhyl got back on terms soon after the interval when Caersws' stand-in keeper David Jones failed to clear his lines, the ball was played back into the goalmouth and Lee Hunt made no mistake.
The keeper failed to clear his lines properly and when Stuart McCall lobbed a hopeful ball back into the penalty box, Armstrong jumped highest to send his effort in off a post.
Chris Aitken cut the arrears in 76 minutes with a 20-yard shot past Ross Godfrey and two minutes later the keeper failed to clear his lines and Brian Carrigan claimed the equaliser though Neil Bennett appeared to have cleared it off the line.
Phil Johnson delivered a cross into the box and Nomad defender Gary McCosh in trying to clear his lines headed into his own net.
Early in the second half he tried to overplay the ball and ended up conceding a totally unnecessary corner when he had ample opportunity to clear his lines, then came the blunder that handed the points to Burnley.
With just 14 minutes left Wight tried to clear his lines only for a poor kick to land in front of David Muirhead.