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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Wu Xi opened the scoring for the Chinese in the 14th minute after the Azkals failed to clear their lines. Zhang Xi Zhe doubled the lead nine minutes after the break, rounding out Michael Falkesgaard after getting in behind the Philippines backline.
Amos Barkibir scored against his former side in the 54th minute after Police failed to clear their lines to hand Butali victory.
1 LEYTON ORIENT Ekpiteta 72 WREXHAM 0 IT was a goal that will give Wrexham nightmares as a failure to clear their lines saw them go down to a third defeat of the season to Leyton Orient and lose top spot in the National League title race.
The visitors shocked Milton right on the half-time whistle with a goal after Milton failed to clear their lines.
His inch-perfect reverse ball to Ahsee Tuala sent the full-back running towards the try-line but the visitors held firm to clear their lines.
The Seagulls failed to clear their lines three times in the 97th minute and Mikey Place punished them with a low close range finish.
The Lambs completed a dramatic turnaround on 57 minutes as Darlington failed to clear their lines and Stefan Morley teed up Newton to smash the ball home from the edge of the area.
The visitors failed to clear their lines, allowing Heys' Erike Sousa to volley home on the turn.
The same player scored his side's winner 14 minutes from the end, another close-range effort after the Town defence had failed to clear their lines.
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.
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.
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.