Graham Carey bags brace as Plymouth see off Mansfield
Playmaker Graham Carey was back to his imperious, goal-scoring best with a brace as Plymouth Argyle beat Mansfield Town 2-0 in League Two at Home Park.
The two-goal home hero opened his season's account in the 19th minute direct from a free-kick wide on the right, deftly curling the ball through the visiting Stags defence and into the far corner.
Carey doubled the home advantage six minutes later as he waltzed through the middle of the visitors defence before clipping the ball past Stags keeper Brian Jensen.
It was Jensen who prevented Carey opening his account in the sixth minute with a fingertip save, diving low to his right to keep out the midfielder's measured 15-yard shot.
Mansfield did their best to respond, with Mitchell Rose firing over when well placed on the edge of the box in the 42nd minute after being teed up by Matt Green.
Stags midfielder Chris Clements fired just over as Town made a better start to the second half while Carey sent an effort wide as he sought his hat-trick in the final minute.