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 winner came midway through the second period, Tom McGowan pouncing just inside the area to rifle the ball into the roof of the net as Stratford failed to clear their lines.
In the 73rd minute Malahide didn't clear their lines and Philip Lowry fired home.
East Fife's defenders failed to clear their lines from a corner and Gribben fired past substitute keeper Michael Brown.
It was a goal that the Gunners should have prevented, but, after wasting several chances to clear their lines, Gaston Ramirez fired the hosts in front.
Lepton hit a post with 20 minutes left, then notched the winner with an angled shot when Town failed to clear their lines.
To his credit, Ferdinand has put the Terry saga behind him and looked composed in his leadership role - although, as his boss said, he and his defensive colleagues need to clear their lines better.
13 12 11 Lazar's stunning goal came after Shamrock failed to clear their lines from a corner.
Peter Reid's side finally got their reward in the final minute when Fletcher lashed the ball into the top corner of the net from 12 yards after Shrewsbury failed to clear their lines.
Bolton failed to clear their lines with striker Johan Elmander heading the ball across his own area.
Having won their previous two outings, Caton's side made the perfect start when taking a fourth minute lead as Owain Roberts drilled the ball home after Port Talbot had failed to clear their lines.
Bird then equalised when the visitors failed to clear their lines properly and there was more drama in the last minute of stoppage time when Paul Connor's attempted shot screwed into the path of Steven Gillespie but with the goal gaping the Robins' hit-man shot wide.
But Wake put Accies back in front in 75 minutes after the defence failed to clear their lines.
Forfar failed to clear their lines from an Alloa attack and the ball fell invitingly for Grant who hammered home from 20 yards.
The visitors doubled their lead on 50 minutes when County's defence looked somewhat disorganised and failed to clear their lines with Mark Robinson firing in a powerful, left-foot shot.
Rugby failed to clear their lines, allowing the striker to turn in from close range.