Formartine secured a home meeting with League 2 Annan Athletic in the Scottish Cup following an emphatic win over Banks O’ Dee.
Following a 2-2 draw at Spain Park the sides met again for the second-round replay at North Lodge Park where the home side won 7-2 on the day.
The victory means they will face Annan at North Lodge on Saturday, November 26.
It was an inauspicious start to the game for the home side who went a goal down as Jack Henderson put the visitors in front.
United also lost stand-in captain Jonathan Crawford to injury early on. However, his replacement Scott Henry would go on to provide the assist for Stuart Anderson who drew the side level.
Formartine took the lead after 40 minutes when Jamie Masson’s cross from the right channel was struck in from 12 yards by Callum Dingwall on the half volley.
Masson would then give Formartine a 3-1 lead with a brilliant right foot curling effort into the top corner after a lovely one two with Neil Gauld.
Banks O’Dee Lees immediately responded to get back into the game after the break, retaining possession from kick-off before Craig Buchanan finished off a fine passing move to make it 3-2.
As if three goals in five minutes wasn’t enough, United got one more before the break in added time as Neil Gauld scored from a penalty after Scott Barbour had been brought down inside the box.
Graeme Roger would score the first goal of the second half in the 75th minute before Scott Barbour made got himself on the score sheet minutes later to make it 6-2.
Barbour then won his team a second penalty in the 84th minute when he was again brought down inside the area.
This time it was Masson who would step up and convert the spot kick for his hat-tick and Formartine’s seventh of the match.
United fill face a tough test when Annan, who have only lost twice in League 2 this season, travel north but before that they will meet Banks O’Dee once more, this time in the Aberdeenshire Shield, on Wednesday evening after the Times has gone to print.