United come from behind to snatch Shield from the Magpies
NORTHERN United overcame a half-time deficit to claim the Terry Randall Memorial Shield on Saturday.
The shield, named in honour of the Lower Clarence Magpies legend, was originally contested between the Magpies and Grafton Ghosts before the latter club's shift to Group 2 meant a new opponent had to be found.
Northern United jumped at the opportunity and on Saturday their willingness was obvious as they produced a strong effort in the second half to win 48-22.
The Magpies will be ruing the result after they led 22-14 at the break.
Magpies coach Nathan Pettit was visibly disappointed after the match but his focus will now switch to next week's trip to Mullumbimby as he searches for a breakthrough victory.
Despite the loss, the Magpies were still able to celebrate after the reserve-grade side registered the club's first win of the season in the senior grades.
Kieron Johnson-Heron directed the side around the park well and finished with a try-scoring hat-trick as the Magpies ran out 28-16 winners.
Captain Jasmin Purcell left the field with an ankle injury but hung around to sing the team song for the first time this season.