near post


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near post

In football (soccer), the goal post that is closest to the player in possession of the ball. Kick it toward the near post!
See also: near, post
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A speculative shot from outside the box squeezed into the near post past Daniel McConnell.
John Caulfield's (inset) men showed more urgency on the restart with Morrissey's shot beating Corbett on 55 minutes and then Buckley, on the near post, stabbed home Kieran Sadlier's teasing cross.
After withstanding some strong pressure Merthyr came into the game and on 30 minutes Corey Jenkins swept in the equaliser after Ian Traylor's corner was flicked on at the near post.
Next to have a go was Jai Quitongo but his low effort was saved by Gallacher at his near post.
A scramble in the area saw the ball fall at the feet of Santander who shaped up to cross, tempting Waterman to leave his line early, which left space at the near post for his strike to find the unguarded net.
It was more of the same in the second half, with Ronaldo almost squeezing a long-range shot inside the near post from distance, but Almer got across well to turn it around the post.
Real had taken a back seat in the first half but nearly took the lead on the stroke of half-time, Joseba Zaldua firing just wide of the near post.
He let it run across his body and tucked it in at the near post.
Although Wayne Hennessey comfortably gathered the striker's cross and cleared, Wrexham then won a free-kick deep into Wolves territory and when Kevin Thornton played it short to Harris, the midfielder's crisp shot beat the keeper at his near post to draw first blood.
Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa linked up well down the left and the Dutchman crossed into the near post for Welbeck, but the England forward could just get his studs to the ball and it went behind off of Lopez.
The hosts regained the advantage on the stroke of half time when Roberts'' cross to the near post was finished off by Marcus Orlik.
The side had the early pressure, with the Stockton keeper having to collect a shot at his near post.
It is for this reason that I wonder whether television pundits are right to castigate players who occasionally shoot towards the near post.
Deldo sent a curling shot just inside the near post to make it 2-0.
Chris Williams' flag-kick was a poor one, but Danny Schofield (pictured) swung and missed at the near post for the clearance.