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 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.
In the 73rd minute Malahide didn't clear their lines and Philip Lowry fired home.
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.
Megginson struck in the 32nd-minute after the Clyde defence failed to clear their lines and the youngster swept the ball home from 12 yards.
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.
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.
Chelsea could not clear their lines though, and when the ball broke to Ricketts, he kept his head and equalised.
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.