run of play

run of play

The overall course, pace, or flow of a game, situation, or series of action, especially in sports. McKinley has been entirely controlling the run of play on the court up till now, but that twisted ankle could give his opponent a chance to change the tide. The hockey player, once the most sought after in the league, has been having rather inconsistent run of play this season. Late in the game, the struggling German squad managed to score two goals against the run of play.
See also: of, play, run
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Once again, their lack of firepower proved their undoing as the Derbyshire visitors defied the run of play to steal the points.
It looked like that may not be the case when Jermaine Beckford headed Leicester in front against the run of play.
Yes, they defeated reigning champions Iraq but they were given a hard time and their only goal, by Harry Kewell in the 117th minute, came against the run of play.
Stokesley took the lead with a strike from a distance against the run of play and doubled their advantage before Ben Kemp fired home a free kick.
Louis Saha, who missed the midweek Europa League defeat to Benfica with a calf problem, netted from 20 yards against the run of play on 26 minutes.
The Tykes had got their noses in front with an eighth-minute strike from Daniel Bogdanovic against the run of play as they took advantage of more poor defending from City, who despite three decent chances were unable to break down a determined visitors' defence.
Chopwell went into the break 3-0 up, but against the run of play Peacock got back into the game soon after the restart.
Against the run of play Hotspur notched a 15th-minute lead when Ian Williams chipped the ball over stranded keeper Jamie Hulse.
Hednesford went ahead against the run of play when Forsdick's left-wing cross was headed home by Robinson.
MONROVIA -- La Canada controlled the run of play Wednesday against defending Rio Hondo League girls' soccer champion Monrovia, but not for long enough.
Ton stunned the home support and hit back with two goals in four minutes against the run of play.
Second, the concept of allowing our players to be creative and have the freedom to make decisions in the run of play is a hallmark of the NSCAA and its coaching philosophy.
CALVIN ANDREW scored against the run of play to inflict the first defeat of the season on Barnet.
We were punchless and lightweight in attack, with our goal against the run of play.
Struggling Leigh took the lead through Paul Shepherd against the run of play just before half-time in a fractious match that saw 11 players booked, but Dagenham hit back when Tim Cole fired home from close range in the 83rd minute.