Ellon United recorded a 5 –2 win over Newmachar United in their second round tie of The Dominos Pizza North Regional Cup on Saturday.
They will be rewarded with a visit to Spain Park to meet Banks o` Dee in the quarter finals.
Single goals from Dean McDonald, Stuart Massie and Callum Tremaine plus a double from Kevin Anderson did the damage for the home side who lead 3 – 0 at the interval but they paid the penalty for twice diving in rashly after the break which presented the visitors with the chance to get on the score sheet.
A good effort from Callum Tremaine in the ninth minute brought out a fine save from young Cameron Jarvie in the Newmachar goal.
Four minutes later, however, Kevin Anderson was clipped as he threatened to break clear with Stuart Massie opening the scoring by slotting home the free kick.
Fraser Tait met a corner from Stuart Massie but his header flew wide.
Ellon justifiably added to their lead on the half hour mark when Kevin Anderson linked up with Dean McDonald who hit their second.
The homesters finished the half positively with James Seivwright and Dean McDonald combining to release Kevin Anderson to score right on half time.
Ellon lost their first half poise for a spell at the start of the second half and were caught five minutes in when a home defender sold himself upfield by diving rashly in which allowed Newmachar to break far too easily and the home side were caught out again by the complex off side laws which allowed Saunders a free run in on goal with Ellon looking for the play to be pulled back.
Ellon regained their three-goal advantage midway through the half when CallumTremaine set up Kevin Anderson to fire home his second.
Only four minutes later, Kevin Anderson was denied what would have been a well deserved hatrick when another excellent save from Jarvie kept out a fierce strike from the wide man.
Newmachar scored their second in the 74th minute and again it was a rush of blood by a home player which allowed his opponent to get clear unchallenged and it resulted in Jason Thornton conceding a penalty which was clinically finished by Milne.
Ellon soon regained their advantage when Dean McDonald set up Callum Tremaine to score number five.
Ellon United are at home again next Saturday when their bogie side Sunnybank are their visitors in their qualifying group of The A M Property Management Morrison Cup.
Sunnybank recovered from their 4 – 2 league defeat at Cruden Bay to record a good 2 – 1 away win over Buchanhaven Hearts last weekend.
The fixture is scheduled for a 2pm kick off at The Meadows.