St George’s College schoolboy star Alex Marshall is among four strikers who are expected to add fire to Cavalier’s attack for the remainder of the Red Stripe Premier League football season. Marshall was the most outstanding player in the FLOW-ISSA 2015 Manning, Super Cup, and Walker Cup competitions for the North Street-based institution. He was prolific in front of goal and dazzled with his dribbling skills and passes and led his school to the high-profile Super Cup trophy. Marshall spent three weeks training with United Soccer League club Philadelphia Union in the United States of America and benefited tremendously. The 17-year-old also played in two RSPL games for Cavalier last season. “He has completed the paper work and is awaiting a medical and will not turn out against Boys’ Town this Sunday,” Rudolph Speid, Cavalier’s technical director, told The Gleaner yesterday. Speid also disclosed that Aldaine Grant, Suela McCalla, and Cleon Pryce had been transferred from Portmore to Cavalier. “They (the three strikers) will turn out on Sunday. The players have moved from Portmore and doing well in training,” he added. A fifth striker is on Cavaliers’ radar, but this transfer has not yet been finalised. “Our build-up plays have been good but we missed a lot of chances because we pushed midfielders into strikers’ roles. “We have scored the least amount of goals in the league so far. Now, we have some genuine strikers,” Speid said, beaming. Cavalier are currently in 10th position on 18 points, just above relegation zone in the 12-team RSPL. The club has scored 11 times and conceded 18 goals in 18 games.
READING-CRYSTAL PALACE Reading are the last remaining lower-league team in the competition. And Reading manager Brian McDermott owes his managerial career to Crystal Palace counterpart Alan Pardew. As Reading manager in 2000, Pardew appointed McDermott as coach of the Under-17s and chief scout. “He must have seen something in me,” McDermott said. “I’ll always be grateful.” Palace’s FA Cup win at Tottenham in the fifth round was a rare bright moment, with the London club enduring a 12-game winless run in the league. Second-tier club Reading are unbeaten at home in 2016. “We know they have threats,” McDermott said, “we know it wasn’t long ago they were winning lots of games and don’t forget they went to White Hart Lane, played one of the top teams, and won.” ARSENAL-WATFORD MAN UNITED-WEST HAM West Ham travel to Old Trafford on Sunday having the better season, sitting two points above United in fifth place in the Premier League. While West Ham have enjoyed a complete week off, United will be coming of a Europa League game against Liverpool last night. In the quest for a third successive FA Cup title, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is concerned about an injury list that lengthened during Tuesday’s win at Hull in a fifth-round replay. Aaron Ramsey has a thigh injury that could also keep him out of next week’s Champions League game at Barcelona when Arsenal seek to overturn a 2-0 deficit. “There is a small alert, we don’t know how bad it is,” Wenger said. Defenders Per Mertesacker and Gabriel were also injured in the 4-0 win at Hull but Wenger reported yesterday: “There is nothing wrong there, they are both good.” LONDON (AP): From being voted player of the year to being booed by his own fans, Eden Hazard is the symbol of Chelsea’s rapid regression and the upheaval engulfing a fallen power. Hazard and his demoralised teammates will end the season without medals unless they win the FA Cup in May. Lose at Everton in the quarter finals tomorrow and it will effectively be the end of a season that began with so much optimism, defending a Premier League trophy won by eight points. As the dressing room fractured, Jose Mourinho was fired in December and the champions are currently sitting in 10th place. The FA Cup is Chelsea’s last route back into Europe, albeit in the inferior Europa League, after being eliminated from the Champions League. Hazard, who was being touted as a future Ballon d’Or contender a year ago, was jeered while being substituted during Wednesday’s 2-1 loss to Paris Saint-Germain. “They had the right to do what they think,” Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink said of the booing. “You can express always your feelings.” Swapping shirts with PSG rival Angel Di Maria on the field at half-time maybe wasn’t the wisest move for reputed PSG-target Hazard. Not during a season when the winger has scored only twice both in the FA Cup after a 19-goal haul last season. “It’s not an excuse, but people have to think about the fact he started the game injured,” Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic said in defence of Hazard. “Did that show how committed he is? Yes. Of course when you lose a game the fans are not happy and they have to be like that. “But in my opinion it was one of his best performances so far. He was very strong and quick. He wanted to score and had a couple of actions where he looked like last season.” Hazard is a doubt for Sunday’s game at Goodison Park after limping off in the second half against PSG. Striker Diego Costa is also being assessed.
WE EXPECT help whenever we are injured while playing a sport. We also expect the helpers to know what they are doing. A qualified first-aider should be present at every match and training session. There are a number of serious injuries and conditions that require prompt action, therefore, we should know what to look for and how to act if someone is seriously injured. When a sportsperson has stopped breathing, we can restart their respiratory system by forcing air into their lungs. We can do this by giving mouth-to-mouth ventilation (MMV). If their heart has stopped beating, we can try to get it beating again by cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or a cardiac massage. However, we should always try to send for medical assistance. The following procedures can be applied while waiting for help to arrive. Mouth-to-mouth ventilation (MMV) MMV, referred to sometimes as the ‘Kiss of Life’, is an emergency procedure used to restore breathing by inflating the casualty’s lungs with your own breath. This usually helps the casualty to breathe on his own again and may very well save his life. 1. Have the casualty lie on his back and then open the airways by lifting the chin and tilting the head back. 2. Clear the mouth and throat of any obstruction. 3. Pinch the nostrils closed with thumb and index finger to prevent air from escaping. 4. Take a deep breath. Seal your lips firmly around the casualty’s open mouth. Breathe out smoothly and firmly until the chest rises. Take your mouth away watch the chest fall. 5. Take another deep breath and repeat. Repeat with one breath every six seconds for one minute. If breathing hasn’t returned within one minute, continue MMV, and check for pulse. If there is no pulse, start CPR. If breathing returns, place casualty in the recovery position. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)/ cardiac massage If you are certain that the person has no pulse, CPR is a way of forcing a stopped heart to beat while waiting for medical help to arrive. 1. Check for a pulse. If the heart has stopped, there will be no pulse, the skin will be pale, lips blue, and arms and legs will be limp. 2. Place the person on his back and use the fingers to find the point where the ribs meet the breastbone. Put your middle finger over this point and your index finger higher up on the breast bone. 3. Put the heel of the other hand on the breast bone just above your index finger. This is the point where pressure should be applied. 4. Place the heel of the other hand on top of this hand and interlock your fingers. 5. Lean over the person with your arms straight. Press down firmly on the breast bone to a depth of about 45cm, then rock backwards to release the pressure. Keep your hands in place. Repeat at a rate of about 100 compressions in a minute. 6. Check pulse regularly. Stop compressions as soon as pulse returns. MMV and CPR If the casualty isn’t breathing and has no pulse, the following actions must be taken. 1. Open his airway and give two breaths using MMV. 2. Give 15 chest compressions. 3. Give two breaths. 4. Give 15 chest compressions. 5. Repeat the above until help arrives, while checking breathing and pulse regularly. The recovery position Always use the recovery position for an unconscious person who is breathing. The position is slightly altered if the person has certain injuries. An individual can be rolled into the basic recovery position by doing the following. 1. Tilt the head back. This prevents the tongue from blocking throat and closing off the airways. 2. Keep the neck and back in a straight line. 3. Keep the hip and knee both bent at 90 degrees. This keeps the body safe, stable and comfortable. 4. Use the individual’s hand to support the head, which should be slightly lower than the rest of the body. This allows fluids to drain from the mouth. 5. Check pulse and breathing regularly while waiting for medical help. NB: The Red Cross and other organisations, conduct first aid courses. With a little training we may be able to provide life saving assistance in an emergency. Next Week: Health and Nutrition