UNITED gained the bragging rights with a decisive win in this derby clash under the Albert Park floodlights on Friday evening.
The Tangerines got off to a flying start by sailing into the lead with just five minutes gone when Michael Moir headed home a well-flighted Ross Wallace free kick.
Fourteen minutes later United added to their tally. Legion failed to clear a Kevin Paterson free kick and Scott Storrie rattled the ball into the net.
In the 27th minute Legion reduced the leeway. Jody Easdon sprayed a pass to the feet of Calum Hope, who produced a spot-on finish.
Just on the interval, United goalkeeper Gavin Watson, a former Hawick Royal Albert, Selkirk and Gala Fairydean signing, who is back in Hawick for a month’s holiday from Australia, denied Legion an equaliser by pulling off a superb save from Scott Duncan.
With 53 minutes gone Sean Owens got his name on the United scoresheet, slotting away a penalty after Aaron Swailes had been brought down by Jody Easdon.
Within two minutes of this, Legion were reduced to 10 men when Bryan Tait was given his marching orders by referee Frank Campbell for a second bookable offence.
United were now in the driving seat and in the 72nd minute Ross Scott notched a fourth following a Steven Shields free kick. Scott then made it a nap hand for United with eight minutes remaining, rattling away a shot after being set up by a Malcolm Cooper cross ball.