A SUPERB 16th minute goal from Graham Carey saw Morecambe slip to a fourth successive defeat in League 2.
Carey produced the game’s decisive moment in the 16th minute with a superb goal.
The midfielder, who had seen two early shots fly wide of the target, found his range with a fine, curling effort from 20 yards that flew into the top left hand corner of Barry Roche’s goal.
The home side continued to put the pressure on the Morecambe goal with former Shrimps’ loan striker Jimmy Spencer volleying a close range effort into the side netting and Oscar Threlkeld heading onto the roof of the Morecambe net.
Roche was forced into two decent saves from Jake Jervis and Gary Miller as the home side got in behind the Morecambe back four.
The Shrimps created one moment of note in the first half when Lee Molyneux drilled a low shot inches wide of the right hand post though he may have been better playing in Paul Mullin who was in space to his right hand side.
The Shrimps were much the better side in the second half but only tested Luke McCormick once in the Plymouth goal when Michael Rose swung in a curling free kick from the right hand side that was heading for the bottom right hand corner of the Argyle goal.
Molyneux volleyed over when he should have done better and the same player was almost played in by Ryan Edwards but just failed to reach the ball.
Plymouth were forced to rely on the counter attack and went close with efforts from Jordan Slew and Ryan Taylor before Roche saved smartly from Jervis after he cut in from the left.
The Shrimps ended the game on the front foot but Argyle held on for a clean sheet and another three points in their quest for automatic promotion.
Plymouth: McCormick, Miller, Bradley, Sokolik, Threlkeld, Fox, Sarcevik (rep Songo’o 80), Carey, Kennedy (rep Slew 66),Jervis, Spencer (rep Taylor 61). Subs not used: Dorel, Sawyer, Donaldson, Blissett.
Morecambe: Roche, Duckworth, Edwards, Whitmore, Conlan, Rose, Murphy,. Turner (rep Jordan 77), Wildig (re Ellison 70), Molyneux, Mullin. Subs not used: Nizic, Wakefield, Fleming, McGowan..
Booked: Ellison, Whitmore, Roche
Ref: D Whtestone