Formartine laid down a marker for the coming season with a commanding performance as they hammered in five goals without reply against local rivals Inveruie Locos.
The game was over by half time as United romped into a three goal lead.
They got their season off to a perfect start with an opener after only three minutes.
A Scott Ferries corner from the left wasn’t cleared and the ball broke to Archie McPhee who stabbed the ball into the net from inside the six yard box.
They scored again after 20 minutes with a strange goal, Ferries shot from 20 yards looked mishit and going wide, Loco’s keeper Ryan Booth certainly thought so, but the ball hit the inside of the right hand post and trickled over the line summing up the visitors day.
Three minutes later and the goal feast continued. Mark Souter fouled Scott Barbour just inside the box and McPhee stepped up to score his brace.
A minute after the opener a low free kick from captain Stuart Anderson 20 yards out went just wide of the right hand post and after 13 minutes, Graeme Rodger thought he had scored until Booth pulled off a magnificent instinctive save to push the ball wide.
The visitors showed a bit more desire at the start of the second half.
But that small flicker of hope was soon extinguished after 67 minutes when Gauld was shown a straight red for an over the ball challenge in midfield.
The player himself knew what was coming and his body language said it all as he disconsolately trooped off.
Almost immediately things got even worse, a cross fr9om sub Callum Dingwall a flying header from McPhee for his hatrick.
Anderson smacked a header off the crossbar then sub Connar Gethins made it five with three minutes remaining.
In the dying moments Inverurie’s Stuart Duff let his frustration get the better of him as he picked up a second yellow and Locos finsihed a bad day with ten men.