Formartine United triumphed 4-2 on penalties against Cove Rangers in the Aberdeenshire Shield first round after it finished 2-2 at the end of extra-time.
In a fiery match, referee Will Smith came under scrutiny for sending off Cove’s Stuart Walker for an apparent handball and for allowing a number of hefty challenges to go unpunished.
Manager John Sheran was sent to the stand midway through the second- half for letting his frustration boil over.
Sheran’s assistant Graeme Mathieson said: “He felt a lot of the tackles on our players had gone unpunished and he got a bit frustrated.”
On Walker’s ordering off and his players playing for almost an hour with 10 men, he added: “For the sending off, the ball was clearly going past the post.
“It’s disappointing that it was going past the post and disappointing as you could clearly see the mark on his shirt that it didn’t hit an arm.
“They did really, really well after going down to 10 men, they worked so hard.”
Formartine United assistant boss Mike Cormack was pleased his side was able to beat Cove after a 5-1 thrashing from them earlier in the season.
“It was a hard fought game and it’s just good to be in the next round and get a win against Cove for a change, it gets the monkey off the back.
“We had a few big players missing so it’s great to get a win,” he said.
Cove went ahead in nine minutes through Matthew McDonald.
United equalised after half-an-hour when captain Eric Watson left a ball for goalkeeper John McCafferty and Neil Gauld nipped in to net.
Mitchell Megginson made it 2-1 11 minutes after half-time thumping home from 15 yards.
In 63 minutes, Walker was dismissed after blocking Stuart Anderson’s vicious half-volley on to a post with what ref Smith deemed to be an arm. Gauld converted the spot-kick to level.
Both sides created chances but despite an extra 30 minutes they couldn’t be separated so a shoot-out was required.
Daniel Park missed Cove’s first, Stuart Duff and Harry Milne both converted, while Anderson, Jamie Masson and Graeme Rodger netted for Formartine.
Ewen Macdonald saved Jonny Smith’s effort allowing Calum Dingwall to win the tie by converting his penalty.
In the second round of the shield, Turriff United beat Aberdeen University 3-0, Inverurie Locos thrashed Deveronvale 4-0 and Huntly edged out Fraserburgh 2-0.