Banks o’ Dee co-manager Sandy McNaughton was elated after his team reached the Aberdeenshire Shield final.
The Dee edged out Turriff United 2-1 after extra-time at The Haughs in a hard-fought semi-final.
McNaughton said: “We’re delighted to get to a cup final.
“We have the challenge of playing the Highland League sides and once the challenge is there the players stand up and deliver every time.”
McNaughton – who is joint boss along with Tommy Forbes – added: “It’s an excellent achievement.
“We’re just overjoyed to be in the cup final.
“It wasn’t expected but we’ve gone on a journey to get here and now we’re in the final anything can happen.”
Turriff boss Ross Jack was frustrated at a lacklustre showing from his charges.
He said: “To say it’s disappointing is an understatement. We just weren’t good enough, we were miles under par. The players know they let themselves down and it was a shocking performance overall.
“We were hammered with injuries, but the team that was out there should have been good enough.”
Dee took the lead in seven minutes.
United goalkeeper Kevin Main conceded a penalty by tripping Jack Henderson, with Banks o’ Dee captain Jamie Lennox dispatching it expertly.
Turriff were level in 29 minutes when Antonio Vastano’s corner found Allen MacKenzie six yards out and he planted his header into the net.
After half-time, the visitors had a great chance to surge ahead.
Substitute Max Alexander burst into the area and tumbled when Bowden dangled a leg.
The centre back appeared to play the ball but referee Liam Duncan pointed to the spot.
Lennox took it again but this time Main saved magnificently down to his right.
Dee’s breakthrough came three minutes into extra-time when Alexander’s shot from a tight angle was not pushed clear by the onrushing Main allowing Jamie Watt to bundle the ball home from a yard out.
Banks o’ Dee will play Inverurie Locos in the shield final after they beat Huntly 2-1 at Harlaw Park.