Formartine United player-manager Paul Lawson was pleased to progress in the Aberdeenshire Shield, but admitted the 5-1 scoreline flattered them.
The Pitmedden team beat Deveronvale at North Lodge Park in the first round of the shield.
United were two up through Garry Wood before Grant Noble netted for the Banffers, but strikes from Jonny Crawford, Graeme Rodger and Conor Gethins sealed progression for Formartine.
Lawson said: “In the end the scoreline flattered us a bit because we had a few scares at the back and Deveronvale played really well.
“Steve Dolan has them set up really well and they didn’t sit in, they went at us.
“We scored a couple of good goals ourselves which was pleasing, but there were a few scary moments. In the end our quality probably showed.
“There’s still things we’re looking to do better. But if you win a game 5-1 you’ve got to be happy, we’re more than happy with the result and parts of the performance.
“There are still things we can improve on but the result is good for building confidence.”
Vale boss Steve Dolan said: “I thought we played really well. We were good box to box but in both boxes we were poor.
“We dominated the first half and found ourselves 2-0 down when we should have been ahead – but that’s what happens if you don’t take your chances against Formartine.
“Their finishing was clinical. I’m pleased with the performance, apart from some of the defending and our wasteful finishing at the other end of the pitch.”