Valeri Bojinov returned to action after his long injury lay-off in the reserves' 2-1 defeat to Liverpool on Thursday night.
The Reds went 2-0 up thanks to a first-half brace from Jordy Brouwer, but Bojinov, a 69th minute substitute, went very close just seconds after coming on and then played a big part in City's goal 12 minutes from the end.
The former Fiorentina man lunged at the ball, swung in by Adam Clayton at a free kick, and did enough to unsettle the Liverpool keeper before it rolled into the net.
The Bulgarian has been out of action since sustaining a knee ligament injury just six minutes into his first start for City, last August’s home derby.
Reserves coach Ian Miller said: "Valeri claims he got a touch on it, as all good strikers would! Liverpool's TV people told me it looks like Adam's goal, but Valeri did very well after coming on, and he could have scored with virtually his first touch.
"The two teams were pretty even in the first half, but Liverpool were clinical in front of goal. I thought we were the better side after the break, and it was nice to see Valeri get some match action under his belt after so long."