Formartine United player-manager Paul Lawson insisted winning was all that mattered as they beat Deveronvale 4-1 in the Highland League Cup quarter final.
The Pitmedden men progressed with goals from Garry Wood, Stuart Smith, Conor Gethins and Ryan Stott.
Vale had Michael Dunn sent off and netted through Grant Noble at North Lodge Park.
Lawson said: “We’re delighted to be through, our performance could have been better, we were a bit slack at times and probably should have had a few more goals.
“But we are through to the semi-final and that is what we asked of the boys before the game.
“They’ve done that so I’m happy with that. Ultimately in a cup competition you just want to get to the next round and it doesn’t matter how you do it in a sense.”
Banffers boss Steve Dolan was unhappy with some of the decisions from referee Paul McAvinue and said: “In the first minute Robert Scott challenged goalie Kevin Main, who I didn’t think was in control of the ball.
“The ref pulled it back for a foul and I didn’t think Kevin was in the box to put his hands on the ball. Then he sent Michael Dunn off for denying a goalscoring opportunity 35 yards from goal.
“There were boys roundabout him and he was too quick to flash the card. We could have been one up and then have a man sent off and it’s tough.”
In the other League Cup quarter final goals Kyle Macleod, Dale Gillespie and Gavin Morrison gave Brora a 3-1 win at Buckie.