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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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Substitute Carl Finnigan wasted a golden chance to get the Mariners back within two goals but dragged a shot wide of the near-post after being played in on goal by Pattison.
With five minutes left, he cheekily backheeled Wesley's cross in at the near-post to cap a fine cameo performance.
With no help, he beat one defender, but his point-blank shot was saved by Meola, who had moved to cut off the near-post angle.
The near-post header which put Newcastle 2-1 up against Real Mallorca in the UEFA Cup took the 33 year -old through the barrier for the season.
The four basic crosses that need mastering by flank players are shown in the diagram on page 59: the near-post cross into Area 1, the far-post cross into Area 2 or deeper into Area 3, the ball dropped back into Area 4, and the early cross delivered into the "second" box - an imaginary six-yard box extending from the top of the goal box to the penalty spot.
The ball bounced off little-used Costa Rican defender Pablo Chinchilla and landed inside the near-post, leaving Hartman no chance.